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Militant mortar attack kills 21 in Aleppo
Mortar shells fired by foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government have hit residential areas in the city of Aleppo, killing 21 civilians and injuring scores of others.
According to local sources, the mortar shells fell on the al-Sulaymaniyah, al-Maidan and Maysaloun neighborhoods of the city, claiming the lives of 21 citizens, including two children, and injuring 80 others, the official SANA news agency reported on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that nearly 50 people, including over two dozen soldiers, were killed when foreign-backed Takfiri militants attacked military barracks in Aleppo. According to the UK-based rights group, 20 militants, including a commander, were also killed in the fighting.
Syrian media, however, reported that army troops foiled an attempt by militant groups to infiltrate the barracks and killed a number of them.
The Syrian army has been making more gains in its battle in recent months, despite support the militants have been receiving from various countries.
A newly-released video shows the militants have even received 20 US-made anti- tank missiles and the training to use them.
On Wednesday, Syrian forces killed a large number of militants as they carried out operations in cities of Homs, Aleppo, and Idlib.
Syrian army soldiers destroyed a telephone center in the town of Housh Arab in Qalamoun region, near the capital Damascus. The militants reportedly used the building as a workshop to make explosive devices.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
[Source: Strategic Culture Foundation, News, Moscow, 18Apr14]
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