TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of foreign-backed militants have entered Aleppo city in Northern Syria via Turkish borders, informed sources disclosed on Saturday.
"We have witnessed the arrival of around 5,000 foreign-backed terrorists fully equipped with various types of military equipment, including heavy weaponry, in the city of Aleppo after crossing the border at Bab Al-Hava crossing in the Northern parts of Aleppo province," an informed military source told FNA today.
He said according to the intelligence gained by the Syrian army, the militants have received trainings and then dispatched to Aleppo from a military base in Turkey near the borders with Syria.
The source added that a total number of 3,000 militants have also entered Al-Rashedin region in Al-Atareb town.
Last week, Syrian troops repelled repeated attempts by the terrorist groups to infiltrate into the old city of Aleppo from the Eastern part of Umayyad Mosque, and killed a large number of anti-government fighters.
A military source said that apart from militants' heavy death toll due to Army's Sunday operations, a large convoy of weapons and ammunitions were also destroyed in the Aleppo's battlefields.
The source added that Syrian soldiers attacked the rebels' dens and gatherings in Kafar Hamra, al-Shwiehneh, Icarda, Babis, Injara, Kafarnaha, Atareb, Khan Tuman and Jub Ghabsha in Aleppo countryside, adding that too many insurgents were killed, so many were wounded and the rest fled the battlefields.
The source went on to say that other army forces targeted militants' gatherings in the vicinities of the Central Prison, Khan al-Assal, Maaret al-Artiq, Anadan, Handarat, Bishqatin, Kafar Saghir and al-Lairamon and killed scores of terrorists.
Army units clashed with rebel groups in the old city of Aleppo, al-Mashad, Dahrat Abd-Rabbu, al-Mansourieh, Sheikh Said, the industrial city and al-Kastilo whose people witnessed army's might and power in the battle fronts.
US asks Israel to hit Syrians fighting CIA-trained militia
Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama has urged Tel Aviv to halt the advance of Syrian army troops against US-trained insurgents in the Golan Heights area.
The sources said the US-veted militants, trained in an American base in neighboring Jordan before deployment into Syria, reached the divided Golan Heights last month.
The Americans want Israel to stop a Syrian column from reaching militant-held areas of the Golan, particularly where the Jordanian-based extremists are located, a source told Middle East Newsline.
The sources further elaborated that this marked the first US request from the Israeli military to intervene in Syria. They noted, however, that Obama and his aides had previously warned the Israeli regime to refrain from striking Syria.
CIA operatives in Joradan have been training more than 1,000 Syria-bound insurgents in a program financed by Saudi Arabia. The rebels, facing resistance by pro-government militia forces in southern Syria, have failed in two operations to establish strongholds inside Syria.
The US-trained militants were said to have captured a Syrian Army outpost at Tel Al Ahrar in the Golan Heights. The sources said the outpost contained 250 Jordanian-based militants, with another 250 militia members in the rest of the Golan Heights.
With the exception of Quneitra, the US-trained insurgents were believed to have control over most of the Syrian portion of the heights, which amounts to 600 square kilometers.
At this point, according to the report, the Israeli regime has not responded to the US request.
The sources said Israel’s military and intelligence community did not want a confrontation with Syrian government forces as they have eliminated rebel strongholds throughout central and western Syria.