Newscast Media HOMS, Syria—The Syrian Army continued operations against the
armed terrorist groups in many areas across the country on Tuesday, killing huge
numbers of terrorists and destroying their hideouts, assembly points and weaponry.
In Homs, army units in cooperation with the national defense forces, achieved
significant progress in the old city of Homs and advanced towards the neighborhoods
of Jouret al-Shayah, al-Hamidieyh, Bab Hood and Wadi al-Sayeh, according to
source, SANA news agency reported.
A military source told SANA that a number of terrorists were killed in those areas,
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Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Syrian state media are reporting troops loyal to
President Bashar al-Assad have captured a rebel stronghold in the strategically
important city of Homs.
According to reports on July 29, Syrian troops captured the district of Khaldiyeh as
part of an offensive launched a month ago with fighters from Lebanon’s Hizballah to
retake Syria’s third-largest city.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights denied that all of Khaldiyeh
had been captured, saying fighting was continuing in southern parts of the district.
The fall of Khaldiyeh, which has been controlled by rebels since 2011, would be a
second major setback for the rebels, following the capture in June of Qusayr, near the
border with Lebanon.
The UN estimates that more than 90,000 people have been killed in the 28-month
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations told reporters on Tuesday that Syrian rebels had likely used sarin nerve gas in a deadly attack near Aleppo in March.
Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Russian specialists had analyzed soil samples taken from the site of the reported chemical attack in Khan al-Assal, and determined that the nerve agent sarin was used and that it was not “industrially manufactured.”
“There is every reason to believe that it was the armed opposition fighters who used the chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal,” Churkin said, adding that he had just handed over that report to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The United States, however, contested the claim that Syrian opposition fighters had used sarin at any time during the two-year civil war.
“We have yet to see any evidence that backs up the assertion that anybody besides the Syrian government has had the ability to use chemical weapons or has used chemical weapons” in the war, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.
Syrian President “Bashar Assad called for a UN investigation into the use of chemical weapons and then he blocked the ability of the United Nations to conduct that investigation,” Carney continued.
“Assad should let the UN investigators in, and Russia should use its relationship with Assad to press Assad to allow the United Nations investigators in.”
Sarin, a colorless, odorless gas that causes respiratory arrest and death, has been classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN.
Source: RIA Novosti