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Syrian troops kill hundreds of insurgents in Aleppo

(Xinhua)

08:56, August 09, 2012

DAMASCUS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Syria's state media said hundreds of armed insurgents were killed Wednesday in the northern Aleppo's district of Salahuddien as a result of the ferocious clashes there, adding that the army has purged the area of armed insurgency and regained control of the area.

The state-run SANA news agency said hundreds of armed men were killed in Salahuddien, as pro-government media said that 70 gunmen were killed in the neighborhood of Mayer in the countryside of Aleppo.

Earlier in the day, SANA said Syrian troops dealt a "fatal blow” to the armed insurgent groups in Salahuddien, adding that the army is now combing the sprawling district after killing most of the armed rebels there.

It said that many of the armed men have surrendered themselves to the authorities.

The Syrian army unleashed Wednesday a counter strike to regain control of the district, the first that has fallen in the hands of the armed rebels since two weeks ago.

While the state media is boasting as victory the army's achievements in Salahuddien, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said violent clashes are still taking place in the neighbourhoods of Salahuddien, Bustan al-Qasr, and al-Firdous, adding that clashes are also taking place in the al-Midan neighbourhood of Aleppo, in which rebel fighters are trying to control the raids branch and the airforce intelligence branch.

The Observatory said 60 people were killed Wednesday nationwide, 38 of whom were unarmed civilians.

The Aleppo clashes started last month in what appeared to be the final death match between the government troops and armed rebels aiming to gain a foothold in the northern area at the southern frontier of Turkey.
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