Syria army continues mop-up operations
Iran Press TV
Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:25PM GMT
The Syrian army has conducted successful clean-up operations across the Arab country, inflicting heavy losses on foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
According to military sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Sunday, the army continued its clean-up operations in the countryside of the capital Damascus, killing dozens of the militants, SANA reported.
The army destroyed a hideout for the militants in Douma, killing scores of them and destroying their weapons and ammunition, the sources said.
The army also stormed militants' hideouts in the cities of al-Zabadani and Darayaa, killing and injuring many of them.
Elsewhere, in Adra al-Balad, Harasta and Yabroud in the countryside of Damascus, the Syrian troops killed scores of the militants during their mop-up operations.
Government forces also attacked militants' positions in al-Mgheer and Qastoun al-Sharqiyeh in the northeastern countryside of Hama, killing large number of them.
In addition, the Syrian army carried out a mop-up operation in the northwestern city of Aleppo.
A number of the militants were also killed or wounded in mop-up operations conducted by the army in many areas in the southern city of Dara'a.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped Syria since 2011.
The UN also says more than four million other Syrians will be forced out of their homes in 2014 by the escalating conflict in the country.
Two million Syrians are expected to take refuge outside the country while another 2.25 million are predicted to be internally displaced next year.
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