government claims capture of another rebel stronghold
army celebrating - Courtesy photo Press TV
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 conflict.Add