1 January 2013, 16:51

Syrian troops chasing militants near Damascus

Syrian troops chasing militants near Damascus

Syrian government troops are chasing armed extremists in the suburbs of Damascus.

Terrorist strongholds were destroyed and dozens of mercenaries were killed and wounded during an operation in the Daraya, Diyabiya and Babilla neighborhoods, the Syrian television reports.

Fierce clashes continue in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus following an attack by Al Qaeda militants, according to the Al Mayadeen TV channel.

The Jermana Christian neighborhood adjoining the road to the Damascus international airport has also come under fire.

In separate incidents, militants have attacked army posts in Sabena and Aysh Wurur north of Damascus.

Voice of Russia, TASS

Syria’s govt troops repel attack near Jordan

Syria’s forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have repelled a rebel invasion attempt near the border with Jordan eliminating several militants.

Border police also managed to seize a large pile of weapons, some of them Israeli-made, designated for the Free Syrian Army in the southern Syrian city of Daraa.

The government troops are also chasing rebels in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus, claiming heavy casualties and losses among the militants.

4 Turkish jet-fighter pilots arrested in Syria

Syrian Army servicemen have arrested four Turkish jet-fighter pilots in Aleppo Province.

The Xinhua news agency reports with reference to the Al-Watan Syrian newspaper that the pilots had obviously tried to penetrate theKoertsmilitary airfield area.

What may have happened to the pilots has not since been reported.

The conflict in Syria has been on since March last year, with 20,000 to 30,000 having fallen victim to the violence, according to various estimates.

Voice of Russia, TASS, RIA

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