Extremists fired mortars at the residential neighborhoods in the western part of Aleppo, where the government forces have recently regained control. A few shells fell close to the local market in the al-Shuhada area, while some other mortar rounds exploded near the al-Zahra mosque.
In late December, the militants of Islamic State terrorist group opened fire on civilians in Aleppo, who staged a rally in support of the Syrian army. No information on the numbers of dead and injured people was reported.
Civil war erupted in Syria in 2011 and, since then, the country's army has been fighting numerous armed groups, including Islamic extremists. According to UN estimates, the internal conflict has claimed some 200,000 lives, while over 3.2 million people have been forced to flee the country, creating a grave humanitarian crisis on a vast scale.