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Five generals among 72 Syrian regime casualties buried this week: report

Majors, captains, lieutenants, and a colonel also among those killed in fierce Aleppo battle, claims pro-opposition outlet

Purported martyr posters for Syrian regime soldiers killed in recent fighting in Aleppo. (all4syria.info)

A week of bloody fighting in Aleppo that saw rebels break a critical siege imposed by pro-regime forces on the city’s eastern half led to the killing of at least 72 Syrian army personnel, including five generals, according to a pro-opposition news outlet.

 

Funerals, some of them televised, were held across pro-regime areas to mourn the killing of the generals, in addition to a colonel, four majors, four captains, and five lieutenants, the website All4Syria reported Tuesday.

 

‘Martyrdom’ posters published in the report depict senior personnel, including Generals Yasir Muhsin Miya and Muhammad Ali Sharbo, sporting military berets, medals, and collar stars. The report listed names for all 72 alleged casualties, sourced to unnamed “documentation organizations affiliated with the regime.”

 

NOW could not independently verify the report.

 

A month-long siege enforced by the regime, which raised fears of severe humanitarian ramifications including famine for the 300,000 residents of Aleppo’s opposition-held eastern neighborhoods, was broken Saturday when a coalition of rebel forces overran a key military complex in Ramouseh, thus reconnecting the besieged areas with rebel-controlled territory to the southwest. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called it “the biggest military and symbolic loss sustained by the regime, the Russians, the Iranians and Lebanon's Hezbollah since the start of 2013.”

 

Indeed, Hezbollah fighters also reportedly lost at least a dozen from their ranks during the clashes. In an audio clip claimed by opposition sources to have been leaked from the party, an alleged Hezbollah fighter complains of being abandoned on the battlefield by Syrian, Iranian, and Afghan allies. “They all left us […] the army disintegrated,” a man with a south Lebanese accent is heard saying.

 

The group has reportedly since called in reinforcements, as has the Syrian army, aiming to stave off further rebel gains in the highly strategic city. The rebels’ Jaysh al-Fateh (‘Army of Conquest’) coalition, for its part, has vowed to press on until it “liberate[s] all of Aleppo.”

 

Report written by Alex Rowell.

Purported martyr posters for Syrian regime soldiers killed in recent fighting in Aleppo. (all4syria.info)

‘Martyrdom’ posters published in the report depict senior personnel, including Generals Yasir Muhsin Miya and Muhammad Ali Sharbo, sporting military berets, medals, and collar stars.