Syrian army clashes with militants in Rif Dimashq

January 2, 2017 4:00 pm

Syrian government forces flash the sign for victory in Aleppo’s former militant-held Sukkari district on December 23, 2016 after Syrian government forces retook control of the whole city. (Photo by AFP)

Syrian army soldiers have reportedly clashed with members of the Fateh al-Sham terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in Rif Dimashq Province as the pro-government forces advance against in the region.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting broke out in the town of Ain al-Fijah, situated in the provincial district of Wadi Barada, on Monday.
A number of Fateh al-Sham militants were killed and injured in the clashes, the report added, noting the Syrian troops managed to wrest control of several areas around Ain al-Fijah Spring.
Meanwhile, media reports said that since Saturday some 1,300 civilians have fled militant-controlled villages in Wadi Barada for government-held areas.
The displaced Syrians were transferred to the nearby towns of to Qudsaya and Dimas.
Fateh al-Sham ringleaders slain in
Separately on Sunday, two Fateh al-Sham ringleaders were killed in airstrikes on the area between the towns of Bab al-Hawa and Sarmada in Syria’s northwestern Idlib Province.

Fateh al-Sham terrorists are seen at a facility south of Aleppo on August 6, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

The UK-based observatory quoted informed sources as saying that the air raids left Abu Omar al-Turkistani and another unnamed terrorist element dead.
The developments come as a nationwide halt to fighting has been holding in Syria since Friday.
The ceasefire, which does not apply to Daesh and Fateh al-Sham terrorist groups, came eight days after the Syrian military announced full control over Aleppo and called it a “crushing blow” to terrorists.
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