About 6,000 gunmen are trying to fight their way through towards eastern Aleppo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.




“The most serious situation in Syria is still around Aleppo,” the diplomat said. “Jihadists attacking from southwest continue their attempts to force a corridor towards eastern neighborhoods of the city,” she went on.


“According to different estimates, up to 6,000 gunmen are engaged in the operation, the tactical direction carried out by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (former Jabhat al-Nusra) through the central headquarters,” she said.


The diplomat drew attention to close coordination of Nusra militants with other anti-governmental units in Hama and the Damask region. “Everywhere, terrorists are facing resolute rebuff,” Zakharova said.