Syrian troops defeat rebels in clashes in and around Damascus, retake suburb


The Syrian Army has killed a large number of foreign-backed militants in clashes in Damascus and its suburbs

On Friday, government troops inflicted heavy losses on the militants and retook the suburb of Daraya, south of the Syrian capital.

In addition, a number of militants were killed when Syrian soldiers targeted a terrorist hideout in the western city of Hama.

A large quantity of arms and ammunitions were also seized from the rebels holed up in the hideout.

On Thursday, the Syrian Army overpowered extremists of the al-Nusra Front in areas surrounding Ghouta, which is located east of Damascus.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday that 5,000 Syrians are fleeing to neighboring countries every day.

UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said 260,943 Syrians have fled to Lebanon, 242,649 to Jordan, 177,180 to Turkey, and 84,852 to Iraq.

The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed.

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the armed groups.



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