Tuesday 27 January 2015

Syrian troops raid rebel stronghold

Published 25/01/2013 | 19:10

Syrians take part in a funeral procession for those killed in a car bomb explosion in Salamiya, in Hama province (AP/Sana)

Syrian troops have raided an opposition stronghold near Damascus, killing an unspecified number of rebels and uncovering tunnels used by them to move about and smuggle weapons, according to the state-run news agency.

The tunnels were discovered after clashes in Daraya, just south of the capital, SANA said.

Meanwhile, two activist groups, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Co-ordination Committees, reported shelling and air raids of other Damascus suburbs, including areas near the international airport.

Syrian troops have been trying to capture Daraya for weeks but have faced strong resistance from hundreds of rebels.

Damascus suburbs have been used as a base by rebels to threaten nearby regime facilities.

Syria's crisis began in March 2011 and has so far killed more than 60,000 according to the UN.

Press Association

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