Syria launches new operations against armed groups

The ministry of information organized a field visit for Arab and international news reporters to the city of Saydnaya in Damascus countryside. Reporters visited the Convent of Our Lady of Saydnaya which was targeted recently by armed groups with an Rocket Propelled Grenades. No one was in the room at the time it was targeted.

Gunshots were heard from the surrounding mountains as clashes continue in the area between the Syrian Arab army and armed groups.

This is one of the areas in Damascus countryside where armed groups carried out sabotage acts against public and private institutions. It seems now that the government took the decision to strike and put an end to such armed groups.

Syrian forces have tracked armed groups in various places in Damascus countryside.

Special operations were carried out by specialized Syrian authorities, during the past three days, in the areas of Duma, Harasta, Saqba, Hammurieh and Kafar Batna in order to eliminate armed groups.

Clashes in the areas led to the killing and arrest of large numbers of the armed men who were using American and Israeli made weapons.

Authorities also found basements and tunnels the armed groups used to make explosive charges and keep the abducted. A Large amount of weapons was also confiscated. The ministry of interior said these operations came in response to the demands of owners of shops, industrial workshops and factories in Damascus countryside.

( / 01.02.2012)

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