15 août 2012

Fighting rages on in Syrian cities, insurgents captured 
Damaged tanks are seen in al-Atareb on the outskirts of Aleppo. (file photo)
Damaged tanks are seen in al-Atareb on the outskirts of Aleppo. (file photo)
Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:42AM GMT
Fierce fighting is continuing in several Syrian cities as armed insurgents face a firm response from Syrian armed forces.

On Tuesday, the Syrian authorities captured dozens of insurgents near the Souq al-Hal area in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria’s state-run SANA news agency reported.

Syrian forces also destroyed seven cars equipped with DSHK machine guns and occupied by insurgents in the al-Bab area.

In addition, units of the Syrian armed forces pursued an "armed terrorist group" in the areas of al-Kura al-Ardiya and Saif al-Dawleh in Aleppo, killing and injuring numbers of them.

In the countryside outside Aleppo, Syrian forces carried out two operations against armed groups in the al-Atareb area, destroying two cars equipped with DSHK machine guns and killing a large number of gunmen.

In the southern province of Daraa, an armed group assassinated Doctor Ma'moun al-Zoubi, the assistant director of the Health Directorate of the city.

In the al-Tal suburb of Damascus, Syrian security forces continued to pursue armed men, killing some of them and capturing a number of them and confiscating their weapons.

Clashes have been also reported in Daraa and Homs province.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals, mostly from Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.

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