Rebels advance on Aleppo prison

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On the heels of victory at a north Aleppo industrial zone on Tuesday, rebels reportedly cut regime supply lines to the Aleppo Central Prison only hours later, a regime-held operations launching point to encirle Aleppo siege, reported the pro-opposition news agency Shahba Press on its Facebook page Tuesday. “If the rebels take the Aleppo Central Prison, they’ll have smashed once and for all any regime thoughts of ever getting to [the rebel-encircled Shiite towns of] Nubl and Zahraa, and keeping up with regular supplies to the regime garrison at Bashkoi, 8km to the northwest,” Amar a-Shamali, an Aleppo-based journalist told Syria Direct on Wednesday. The attacking rebels–a coalition of two Free Syrian Army and Islamist Front-affiliated brigades–first captured a regime-held factory complex about 8km northeast of Aleppo city, and 1km south of the Aleppo Central Prison. Rebel fighters then descended from the high ground to battle regime forces guarding the supply lines between the Aleppo Prison and the village of Jaylan 1km to the east. Regime forces then reportedly withdrew to the Aleppo Prison, after a bloody fight leaving at least 10 regime soldiers dead, reported pro-opposition All4Syria on Wednesday. Regime pundit Hussein Marteda denied on Tuesday the rebels captured either the north-Aleppo factory complex, or cut supplies to the Aleppo prison.