The Syrian Army says it has made more gains in clearing the country of foreign-backed militants, inflicting heavy losses on them.
On Thursday, in the city of Homs in central Syria, the army killed a large number of “terrorists” and destroyed their weapons in the neighborhoods of al-Khalidieh, Bab Hood, al-Warsheh, al-Hamedieh, Joret al-Shayyah and al-Qusour, the official news agency SANA reported.
The government troops also dismantled dozens of improvised explosive devices in the streets and in buildings.
In the north, Syrian army units cleared the village of Misbin near Ariha in the Idlib countryside of the militants and captured a hideout for making explosives.
The army also killed and wounded many members of armed groups in the governorates of Damascus, Daraa, and Hama. Several insurgents were also reportedly killed during the operations.
The offensive follows gains in Homs province by the Syrian troops in recent weeks.
The army established control over the strategically important town of Qusayr, between Homs and the Lebanese border, in early June. Syrian troops were backed by forces from the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah during the Qusayr operation.
The government troops have recently conducted successful clean-up operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses on the militants.
The Syrian Army’s push against the militants rattled their sponsors.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said on June 26 that Saudi Arabia is trembling with fear because of the Syrian Army’s recent successes against the militants.
In a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal insisted on June 25 that the militants in Syria must be armed with anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons.
Zoubi said that the Saudi weapons and money is the main reason behind bloodshed in Syria, adding that Faisal “is lost in the Syrian blood.”
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100, 000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.