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Clashes, protests mar first day of Eid al-Fitr

(Xinhua)

08:56, August 20, 2012

DAMASCUS, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Clashes and protests hit various parts of Syria on Sunday, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, one of the most important feasts on the Muslim calendar that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Syria's SANA state news agency said government troops are hunting down "mercenary terrorists" at Saif al-Dawla, Bustan al- Qasr, Bawabat al-Qasab, Souk al-Souf and Qastal al-Harami in northern Aleppo province, with scores of "terrorists" already killed.

In southern Daraa province, authorities are tracking down remnants of armed groups at al-Hirak town, eliminating a number of them and rounding up others. Government troops continue to sweep al-Lujat area, according to the report.

The state news agency said many armed men have been eliminated in Daraa.

Meanwhile, border forces have thwarted multiple attempts by armed men to sneak into Syria through Lebanon.

Ahmad Munir, governor of the central province of Homs, said Sunday that "our valiant armed" will keep on confronting the conspiracy on Syria in order to restore stability and security, as well as protect public and private properties. Munir's remarks were made during his visit to the injured military personnel in military hospitals.

On the opposition side, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a rebel fighter was killed Sunday after clashes with government forces at al-Qadam neighborhood of the capital Damascus, adding that the clashes led to the destruction of a military vehicle and the death or injury of eight of its crew.

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