Al-Nusra Front Seeks to Worsen Humanitarian Situation in Aleppo

The al-Nusra Front terrorist group is seeking to worsen the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian city of Aleppo by cutting its communication with Homs, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said.

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Earlier on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry called on the United States to work through various channels to prevent the concentration of Nusra Front militants around Aleppo. The Russian General Staff said that some 9,500 militants are present around Aleppo in preparation for a major offensive.

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“The al-Nusra Front seeks to aggravate the humanitarian situation in Aleppo by establishing control over the road linking Aleppo with Homs,” commander of the center, Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko said on Monday.

Over the past week, the al-Nusra Front has transferred over 1,500 fighters to the vicinity of Aleppo from other areas of the country, Kuralenko added, noting that the militants have been grouping mainly to the south and to the southwest of the city.