Briefly about the course of the assault on Aleppo, the outcome of the 5 December 2016.
1. Today, militants launched a counterattack on the position of the SAA in blocks square Jazmati in order to maintain an organized setting in which to hold the blocks to the North of the Citadel of Aleppo. The groups “al-Nusra” and “Noureddine EN Since” were able to oust the SAA in blocks Ad tune, al-Safsafa and jib Karaman, then, the battle for the territory of the ophthalmic hospital West of the square, Jasmati. Hospital until December 4, was one of the most important objects of militants in the Central part of the city and her SAA took the major trophies.Apparently this is caused by the accented attack of militants “Al-Nusra” with the purpose to bring her back.
2. At 9 PM, the parties gave conflicting statements – the Pro-Syrian sources point to the fact that the hospital during the fighting were held and the maps of promoting fighters to the area, Jasmati, do not reflect reality. The militants, in turn, pointed to the fact that the hospital took it and chewed off a piece of the block East of the hospital in the direction of Karm al-Maysar.
Version Syrian sources, the situation looks like this.
According to the militants, they managed to beat the 2nd quarter lost in the fighting on December 4 and to repel the SAA from the Western districts.
At the moment, the battles in the neighborhoods West of the square, Jasmati continue, which most likely explains the very mixed messages about where there is the front line. Apparently by morning the situation becomes clearer. The militants haven’t shown any pictures, and video evidence pointing to the capture of the hospital, unlike the SAA, which showcases footage shot in the afternoon near the hospital.
To the citadel of Aleppo, there are about 500-700 meters if you come from the hospital.
3. Whether these fights have operational significance? In my opinion not even in the case of a successful counter-attack, the militants will only reinforce the front in the area that does not solve problems in other areas. However, I note that in my opinion, the plan of attack through the area of Marja in the direction of the Citadel of Aleppo seemed more promising than direct traffic through the quarter, Jasmati. In other respects, the situation has remained unchanged. Moreover, the transfer of reinforcements here “Al-Nusra” and “Noureddine EN Sinci” opens for SAA to attack other areas.
4. Regarding negotiations on the surrender of the militants, the groups officially refused to surrender, but judging by the media reports that separate negotiations separate groups being quite plus-level diplomatic negotiations between the US and Russia discussed the option, when the United States will use its influence to persuade the militants to leave Aleppo. The situation here is still in process. Meanwhile, Russia and China vetoed a resolution submitted to the UN security Council, which included the introduction of a seven-day truce in Aleppo.
Hospital, which is today all day there was fighting.
The slain militants. Beware, 18+.
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