Syrian army soldiers backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups have managed to retake control of six villages in the country’s western province of Hama and the strategic northwestern province of Aleppo.
A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Syrian forces liberated the villages of Mentar al-Hajaneh and Rasm al-Taineh, which lie in the eastern part of Hama Province, following heavy clashes with militants, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.
Also on Friday, Syrian government forces established security and stability in the villages of Ma’anaya, Shalala Sagheira and Telal al-Za’arour in the southeastern sector of Aleppo Province.
The achievements came only a day after Syrian troopers wrested control over Khanaser village in the same province, after purging the area of the last remaining pockets of militants, who had infiltrated into the town two days earlier.
Syrian soldiers and pro-government forces stormed positions of militants in the Dara’a Al-Balad district of Dara’a, located about 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of the capital, Damascus.
The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed the lives of some 470,000 people and left 1.9 million injured, according to the Syrian Center for Policy Research.
Moreover, 6.36 million people have been displaced internally and more than four million others have fled the country since the beginning of the conflict. That accounts for 45 percent of the country’s population, which has shrunk by 21 percent.
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