On March 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled the outskirts of the Turkish-occupied town of al-Bab in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
According to opposition sources, at least ten mortar rounds fired by the SAA landed in the towns of Bratah and al-Dana near al-Bab. A man was killed and another one was wounded in the shelling. The sources claimed that the causalities were civilians.
This was the second mortar attack by the SAA to hit al-Bab’s outskirts in the last 48 hours. The first attack, which took place on March 6 morning, didn’t result in any losses.
These attacks came following a large-scale missile strike by the SAA and Russian forces on Turkish-occupied areas in northern Aleppo. The strike targeted oil traffickers near the towns of Tarhin and al-Himran.
Last month, several pro-government and opposition sources reported that the SAA is preparing to launch a large-scale ground operation to liberate al-Bab. The army deployed reinforcements south of the Turkish-occupied city over the last few weeks.
The Turkish military and its proxies occupied al-Bab city after a battle with ISIS more than three years ago. The SAA has been eyeing the city since then.
The recent military developments in northern Aleppo indicate that the chances of a ground attack on al-Bab by the SAA and its allies have increased.
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