Syrian army seizes half of al-Qusayr in Homs province
Iran Press TV
Mon May 20, 2013 12:20PM GMT
The Syrian army has restored security in the western city of al-Qusayr in the central province of Homs, after taking back control of 50 percent of the city from foreign-backed militants.
The army said it has killed two insurgent commanders during the operation in the strategic city, which is located near the border with Lebanon.
The two commanders were named as Muhammad Baker and Muhammad al-Mashhadani.
Fierce battles are still going on in the city as the Syrian army continues its operations there, while large numbers of militants abandon their weapons and flee the city.
The Syrian army entered the strategic city from every front on Sunday following weeks of battle.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army says it has destroyed several militant hideouts across the country, killing dozens of foreign-backed insurgents.
Elsewhere, several rockets were reportedly fired from Syria into northeastern Lebanon without causing any damage or casualty.
The Syrian army says it has also found Israeli-made rockets in a weapons cache seized from militants in Homs province.
Unrest erupted in Syria over two years ago. Many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
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