DAMASCUS CALM. FIGHTING CONTINUES IN ALEPPO AND HOMS.

Posted on July 24, 2012 by

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Syrian security forces and armed gangs are currently fighting in the cities of Aleppo and Homs, while calm has returned to most parts of the capital, Damascus, Press TV reports.

Foreign-backed armed rebels have attacked security checkpoints in Aleppo, while there have been reports of sporadic clashes between Syrian troops and armed groups in Homs.

The security forces are battling rebels in the al-Bab and Sha’ar districts of Aleppo, where many members of the armed opposition have reportedly surrendered.

Syrian security forces engaged the rebels all across the country on Tuesday, with Naher Aisheh, a suburb of Damascus, being the latest area fully cleared of foreign-backed armed gangs. Most neighborhoods are now calm in the capital.

Meanwhile, security forces have foiled repeated attempts by armed groups to infiltrate into Syrian territory from neighboring countries.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The Syrian government 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.

Damascus also says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and the security forces have been given clear instructions not to harm civilians.

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Syria troops clear more Damascus suburbs amid ongoing violence

Syrian security forces have managed to clear more areas of militants as fighting continues between the government troops and armed rebels in and around Damascus, Press TV reports.

Naher Aisheh, a suburb of the capital, was the latest area to be fully cleared of the foreign-backed armed gangs on Tuesday.

Government troops, however, remained involved in clashes with militants in Barzeh and other Damascus suburbs.

Inside the capital, most neighborhoods are now calm.

To the north, security forces were battling militants and chasing them across the city of Aleppo, which has been the scene of fierce clashes over the past five days.

The army has been combing through the city in search of armed rebels, while many others have reportedly surrendered.

Meanwhile, security forces have foiled repeated attempts by armed groups to infiltrate into the Syrian territory from neighboring Lebanon and Jordan.

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