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IS started to attack Aleppo northern countryside almost a month ago, which was the heaviest since its  last expulsion a year ago.

The attack started on several axes using tanks, on (Soran, Altoqla,Albal, Alwahshia, Kafar,Mare) villages, after an artillery pave.

Rima, an activist from Aleppo, said to “Sound and Picture” : “IS began an attack on ALmoshaat School “a military academy” from Tal Shaier village, which is located on line that divides IS areas from the opposition factions areas. Also from Soran village in the countryside north of Aleppo”

Rima also said: ” the clashes were violent in which IS used all kinds of heavy weapons, and car bombs. However, IS managed after several days to control each of Soran, Altoqla, Albal Alwahshia, parts of Alkafra and em Alwohoush villages.

The clashes have gone for more than a month resulting in a lot of killed and wounded on both sides (more than one hundred been killed form IS elements and forty from the armed opposition factions).

The battles were accompanied by a heavy shelling of the Regime military helicopters and troops on various parts of the northern countryside.

The activist Mahmoud al-Halabi Said to Sound and Picture: ” The number of aviation raids on the northern countryside has exceeded 70 air strikes, which targeted Tal Rifaat ,Soran City and other areas.

Mahmoud also added: ” the raids caused a fall of  large number of kills and wounded among civilians, including women and children, and caused a large destruction on homes and public facilities”

The ongoing violent clashes and shelling in those areas forced residents to flee out, leaving the area almost empty of civilians.

Mohammed, a citizen from Tal Refaat, said: “as a result of the clashes and the heavy bombing by the Regime and IS, we were forced to leave our homes and go to the farms in the western countryside of Aleppo to preserve the lives of our children. These battles resulted in  thousands of displaced people who became homeless, especially after the closure of the Syrian-Turkish borders.

Both conflict parties managed to make a 48-hour truce. In which, the opposition factions allowed food trucks to go to civilians in IS controlled areas, and IS allowed fuel tankers to go to the opposition factions areas, in return.

Ahmed, one of commanders in battles, said: “IS Fighters have broken the truce after killing five of the food trucks drivers. In return, the opposition factions prevented the passage of the fuel tankers”.

It is worth mentioning that the armed opposition forces managed to free most of the villages seized by IS recently including Kafra, Albal, and Altoqla. However, the battles continue between the two parties in Soran to retrieve it.

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