Syrian forces recapture 2 key areas from rebels

Damascus, Nov 12 (IANS) The Syrian forces on Saturday recaptured two important areas fallen recently to the rebels during an offensive in the country’s northern province of Aleppo.

The Syrian forces backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah retook the suburbs of Dahyeit al-Assad and Menyan, which had been overrun by the rebels during a wide-scale offensive on government-controlled areas in western Aleppo late last month, Xinhua news agency reported.

SANA said the recapture of Dahyeit al-Assad came after a “qualitative” operation that yielded its result on Saturday morning, just a day after the military forces captured Menyan.

According to the report, tens of rebels were killed as the Syrian forces also captured some areas near Dahyeit al-Assad and Menyan.

With this, the Syrian army has regained much of what it had lost to the rebels during their latest offensive.

The rebels recently launched two offensives with the aim of breaking the siege imposed by the government forces on rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo. They managed to storm some areas, without achieving a breakthrough.