Syrian troops take control over Damascus neighborhood
Syrian troops and tanks on Friday drove rebels from a Damascus neighborhood where some of the heaviest of this week’s fighting in the capital left cars gutted and fighters’ bodies in the streets.
More than 300 people were killed in a single day, activists said, as the military struggles to regain momentum after a stunning bombing against the regime’s leadership.
A fourth member of President Bashar Assad’s inner circle, national security chief Gen.
Hisham Ikhtiyar, died of wounds he suffered in Wednesday’s bomb blast, which went off during a high level security meeting in Damascus, the government announced.
The bombing has been a resounding blow to Assad, killing his defense minister and his influential brother-in-law along with another security official, all central to directing the crackdown on the uprising against his rule.
Battles involving troops bringing in tanks, helicopters and mortars have turned parts of Damascus into combat zones and sent thousands of Syrian families packed in cars streaming across the border into neighboring Lebanon.
Jul 20, 2012
Syrian Army regains control of al-Maidan neighbourhood in Damascus
Syrian Army servicemen have regained control of the al-Maidan neighbourhood, in the southern part of Damascus.
The militants of the so-called Free Syrian Army, FSA, captured al-Maidan and several other city districts several days ago. According to FSA officials, they have launched a full-scale assault on the capital.
The Syrian authorities do not deny the fact that individual militant units penetrate the city and mount attacks, but insist that the government troops are about to wipe them out. The authorities claim that the situation in Damascus is generally quiet.
Experts believe the militants seek to make news agencies create a distorted picture by reporting heaps of information about their alleged military victories.
July 20, 2012