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Militant mortar attacks kill 8 civilians in Syria capital

Iran Press TV

Wed Jan 6, 2016 1:50PM

At least eight civilians have lost their lives in mortar attacks by foreign-backed terrorists on the Syrian capital city of Damascus.

The Syrian Interior Ministry said 20 more sustained injuries in the assaults on areas near Damascus' Al-Abed and Baghdad streets on Wednesday, Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

An unidentified source at Damascus Police Command also said the casualties came after terrorists based in the Eastern Ghouta region fired mortar shells at residential neighborhoods in the Syrian capital, causing material damage to properties.

Meanwhile, a unit of the Syrian army destroyed positions held by militants in the northwestern city of Aleppo as well as roads used for providing al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front terrorists with aid from Turkey.

An informed military source, whose name was not mentioned in reports, further noted that a number of terrorists as well as their armored vehicles were demolished in the Syrian army operation in Aleppo.

Elsewhere in the town of Talbiseh, located in the central province of Homs, several militants were killed in clashes with the Syrian army.

The Syrian military continued its advances in Harasta al Qantarah, seizing control over five buildings in the Eastern Ghouta after inflicting losses on terrorists there, the Lebanese al-Ahed news website reported.

Heavy clashes were also reported between Daesh elements and al-Nusra Front militants in the western outskirts of Dara'a Province.

Syrian forces have recently been making rapid advances against terrorists, who are committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious groups, in several parts of the Arab country.

The advances of the Syrian government forces against Daesh and other terrorist groups have been expedited by the air cover provided by Russia, which began on September 30 at the request of the Damascus government.

The crisis in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has so far claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and displaced nearly half of the country's population within or out of its borders.

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