On Wednesday, December 21, after violent clashes with Daesh, the Euphrates Shield factions gained control over the road linking between the city of Aleppo and Al-Bab in the eastern countryside.
Mustapha Sijri, who is a member of the political office of the Muaatasim Brigade, announced in a statement that they had captured most of the Sheikh Aqeel Mountain and the National Hospital after clashes with organization, during which they were backed by intense Turkish airstrikes and artillery shelling.
At least seven civilians from the same family were killed in a Turkish shelling on the city of Al-Bab, which also caused material damages to some buildings.
The Sheikh Aqeel Mountain is of strategic importance as it was the main fortified position of the organization west of the city.
Daesh has brought in reinforcements to Al-Bab in an attempt to secure their control over the city.
In other news, Turkey announced the destruction of 48 Daesh positions in the city as a part of the Euphrates Shield Operation, and the death of 3 Turkish soldiers and the wounding of 11 others in the morning.
The Euphrates Shield Operation began on February 2016 with the aim of capturing Al-Bab in cooperation with the Coalition, as the city is the main stronghold for Daesh in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.
The Euphrates Shield factions preparing for the battle of Al-Bab