Syrian Army Troops Clear Damascus-Homs Routes
Syrian army forces have flushed foreign-backed militants out of the routes linking the capital, Damascus, to the western city of Homs.
On Thursday, the Syrian troops established control over the hills overlooking the Eastern Ghouta region east of Damascus after eliminating the members of the so-called Jaish al-Islam terrorist group and destroying their weapons and ammunition, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
The militants had cut off the supply routes by taking control of the top hills.
Army forces also carried out several operations in the city of Harasta, likewise located in the capital’s suburbs.
Scores of terrorists were killed and dozens more fled during the operations in the two areas.
The forces also killed more than 120 terrorists, mostly belonging to the al-Qaeda-lined al-Nusra Front and the Takfiri ISIS terrorist group in Aleppo Province in the northwest.
The conflict in Syria is in its fifth year. It has reportedly claimed more than 240,000 lives up until now.
The United Nations (UN) says the militancy has displaced more than 7.2 million Syrians internally, and compelled over four million others to take refuge in neighboring countries, including Jordan and Lebanon; Press TV reported.