Syria army seeking to reopen Aleppo airport: military

Syria army seeking to reopen Aleppo airport: military
Mon Nov 11, 2013 17:08:45

Syria says its military has regained full control of areas around Aleppo International Airport and could reopen the airport closed for nearly a year.

"All of the area southeast of the airport is in the hands of the army," a military source said Monday, on condition of anonymity, adding that a reopening was "now possible."

The comments came a day after the army gained control over Base 80, a strategic facility charged with securing the airport just outside Aleppo, Syria's second city.

The army's advances follow the fall of Sfeira, a town southeast of Aleppo that was recaptured by army troops at the beginning of November, after months in foreign backed militants’ hands.

"After several days of fighting, the army controls the portion of the highway between Sfeira and Aleppo," the source said.

State media and the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights both said the army had also secured control of Tal-Aran town, one of the last areas under militants’ control on the Sfeira-Aleppo road.

"The recent military operations have allowed the army to cut the supply lines of themilitants from Aleppo to the north and east," Al-Watan newspaper reported.

Aleppo airport in northern Syria was closed at the start of the year amid security concerns as militants launched a campaign to seize several airfields in the area.



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