Armed insurgents have reportedly prevented residents of the Syrian northern city of Aleppo from returning to their homes.
On Sunday, civilians demanded to be allowed through into militia-held checkpoints around the devastated Salaheddin district.
The Salaheddin district had been the scene of intense fighting between government troops and insurgents for about three weeks.
Residents have stormed back after hearing from Syrian state television that government forces have regained full control of the neighborhood.
Earlier on Sunday, Syrian security forces arrested a group of foreign-sponsored insurgents in the central province of Homs.
The Syrian army killed a senior leader of insurgents in the capital Damascus on Sunday.
Several armed men were also killed in clashes with the Syrian troops in the northwestern city of Idlib and the southwestern city of Dara’a on Sunday.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus 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.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.