Syrian opposition forces lay siege to Aleppo airport

According to the opposition's MASAR news agency, 80 brigades are battling it out with Bashar al-Assad's regime forces to take control of the area.

Syrian opposition forces lay siege to Aleppo airport

World Bulletin / News Desk

Having declared victory in Aleppo after opposition forces seized control of the city's central prison yesterday, the newfound coalition of the Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Nusra have now set their sights on the Neyrab military airbase and international airport.

According to the opposition's MASAR news agency, 80 brigades are battling it out with Bashar al-Assad's regime forces to take control of the area. 

After almost a year’s siege by Syrian regime soldiers, Aleppo Central Prison - the 'last stronghold' of the Assad regime in the north of the country - was captured on Thursday by Syria’s opposition forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

The capture of the largest prison in the region, which followed the opposition forces' control of Kindi Hospital - a place used by regime soldiers as a military base and to incarcerate political detainees - ended the Assad regime's existence in the north of Aleppo city.

In a joint operation on the strategically located prison-turned-army base, the Islamic Front and the Jabhat al-Nusra first exploded a bomb-laden vehicle in the area held by regime soldiers, then launched a large scale operation and seized full control of the prison.

Around 3,500 prisoners, including women and children, were released and taken to safe zones after the operation, but no reports have yet been received on whether there were any casualties.

Thanks to the capture of the prison, the region extending from the border with Turkey to the south of Aleppo has been completely freed of Syria regime control.

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