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    Armed units of the terrorist group Al-Nusra Front launched a massive artillery strike, targeting Aleppo's residential areas and the city's airport as well as Syrian Armed Forces positions near Handarat, a representative of Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria said on Saturday.

    "Armed units of the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group delivered a massive strike on the neighborhoods of Sheikh Maqsood, Al-Muhafaza and Al-Zahra and on Al-Nayrab airport in Aleppo. The terrorists also hit the Syrian Arab Army position in the city of Hndarat," the representative said.

    Over 40 people were killed and at least 100 were injured when terrorists shelled residential areas of Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood of Aleppo, the representative said.

    "A police station and a number of residential buildings were destroyed as a result of a shelling of [Aleppo's] Sheikh Maqsood quarter by militants from terrorist groups. More than 40 civilians, police and military personnel were killed and about 100 sustained injuries," the spokesman said.

    According to him, Nusra Front group, outlawed in Russia, also carried out a massive artillery strike on Aleppo airport and the Syrian Army positions near the town of Handrat.

    Over 1,000 militants launched an offensive on the Syrian government positions southwest of Aleppo, a spokesman for the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeimim airbase said Saturday.

    "In the southwest to the city of Aleppo, armed units of more than a thousand people have launched an offensive on the Syrian Arab Army positions in the Buraij area and a training military camp in Nasr quarter," the spokesman said.

    According to him, the attacks are being carried out from the areas, where so-called moderate opposition forces are stationed.

    The spokesman added that militant groups partly made up of Turkish troops emerged close to the areas of hostilities.


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