Syria pushes to free Damascus district
Syrian security forces have stormed the Barzeh neighborhood of Damascus, searching for armed rebels. The troopers carried out the operation on Sunday in a bid to clear the neighborhood of heavily-armed rebels.
Fierce clashes between government forces and the rebels are also being reported in the Mazzeh district on the outskirts of the capital. Government forces regained control of Damascus’ Sayyida Zainab district on Saturday after armed rebels, who had come under attack in various parts of city, fled to nearby areas.
The Syrian Army has retaken control of several neighborhoods in the capital, including Tadamon, Qaboon, and Midan.
Syria has been the scene of violence by armed groups since March 2011. The violence has claimed the lives of hundreds of people, including many security forces. Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
Syrian security forces clash with gunmen in Aleppo
Syrian forces have clashed with gunmen in the north of Syria’s second city of Aleppo amid an all-out offensive against armed gangs in various cities of the country.
The fighting took place in Ghantan al-jabal on Sunday while Syrian forces also stormed Barzeh neighborhood of the capital Damascus searching for the armed rebels.
On Saturday, government forces regained control of Sayyida Zainab district of Damascus after armed rebels rushed to areas close to the Sayyida Zainab neighborhood after coming under attack in various parts of the capital.
Army eliminates armed groups from Mazzeh Basatin in Damascus
Clashes have been going on for several days now in Damascus. Three days ago the army declared that massive operations will be held to eliminate the presence of armed groups in the Syrian Capital.
We entered Mazzeh Basatin area with the Syrian Arab Army, since the beginning of the clashes in the capital this area was a stronghold for armed men. Today at 6 A.M. the army entered the area and was able to eliminate armed groups from it after severe clashes.
While entering the area we found houses and shops that were burned due to clashes. Army personnel told us that this whole area was under the control of armed groups but after clashing with them and defeating them this area is back to being safe.
Inside the fields of cactus under some trees we found weapons, ammunitions and explosives besides a manually manufactured missile base that armed men were using to fire missiles towards the army.
The area is now totally secured and under the control of the Syrian Arab Army.
The Syrian Army is strengthening security in the areas of clashes in order to help those who were displaced to return to their homes.