The Syrian army says its forces have killed dozens of foreign-backed insurgents including four Turkish nationals in the northwestern city of Aleppo, Press TV reports.
The army said in a statement that the government troops targeted the hideouts of the insurgents in the areas of Bustan al-Qasr, Bustan al-Basha and al-Sheikh Khudr, killing a number of the “terrorists” there on Saturday.
It added that the army also has destroyed a number of cars belonging to the insurgents during separate operations in the three neighborhoods of Aleppo.
The Syrian army has been stepping up its effort to clear more Aleppo neighborhoods of the insurgents fighting the government forces.
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.
Western states have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. However, Russia and China are strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad.
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, mostly from Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.