Islamic Rebels Seize Syrian Village Near AleppoA boy rides a bicycle near damaged buildings in the rebel held area of Old Aleppo, Syria May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
According to rebel souces and a monitoring group, Islamic rebels have seized a village nine miles southwest of Aleppo, Syria. The crucial ground gained for rebel forces is located very close to the war torn city of Aleppo, where Russia and the United States have both been making efforts to reduce the amount of fighting in the area.
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights has said that 73 people have died in the fight for the village Khan Touman.
The Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front and the Jaish al-Fatah islamic rebels initiated the attack on Friday. They were also joined by the groups Jund Al Aqsa and Ahrar Al Sham.
The United States and Russia recently negotiated a 48 hour cease-fire in the city of Aleppo which will end on Saturday at 1 A.M local time. In the past two weeks, roughly 300 people have died in the city as a result of air strikes and other attacks.
The Syrian Observatory reported that of the 73 killed, 43 were Islamic rebels, while 30 were government forces.
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