Syrian army, Russian jets target southern Aleppo

October 16, 2015 09:58

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, attacked insurgent fighters south of Aleppo on Friday, a group monitoring the war said, as the army expands a counter-offensive with support from Moscow's two-week-old air campaign.

Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said there were heavy clashes near the Jebel Azzan region, about 12 km (eight miles) south of Aleppo city, control of which is divided between government forces and rebels.

The area the army and Russian jets were targeting was close to a main road heading south towards the capital Damascus, Abdulrahman said.

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