7th day of Homs op, Syrian army moves forward

Sat Jul 6, 2013 10:09:47

Syrian army continues its anti-terrorist operations for the seventh consecutive day in the old parts of the strategic city of Homs, al-Alam reports.

Militants have been under a siege in Homs since the army started its operations in the area a week ago and several regions including the town of Al-Khalidiya have been cleared, according to our reporter.

The army is moving forward in Homs which was the epicenter of the bloody insurgency that has gripped Syria for more than two years.

Syrian government has expressed concerns over the situation in Homs where militants are conductign a bloody war after receiving heavier arms and more improved equipment from their foreign supporters.

They usually use civilians as human shield and scatter in different parts of a neighborhood by attacking families and using their homes as bases to target the army.

Syria’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Damascus has formally requested the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to dispatch humanitarian aid to the Syrian citizens trapped by Takfiri terrorists in Homs.

The Syrian ministry also asked the Red Cross to help safely evacuate the trapped citizens from the areas controlled by armed groups in the city.

There are also reports of developments for the army in other parts of the country, particularly in Aleppo, Daraa and Deir ez-Zour.

Our reporter said clashes have been heavy in Aleppo’s al-Rashedin district while the army has managed to bring at least four villages under control.

A massive operation is already underway in Aleppo, dubbed as the “North Storm”, which is aimed at freeing several towns that have been suffering a strict siege imposed by extremist takfiri militants for more than a year.

Syria crisis started in 2011 when pro-reform protests turned to a massive insurgency following the intervention of western and regional states.

The unrest which took in numerous terrorist groups from all over Europe and the Middle East is going to become one of the bloodiest wars in the recent history.

The war, which many fear is turning to a “war of hatred”, has already taken thousands of lives.

Several international human rights organizations have said that the militants operating in Syria are committing war crimes.

On July 1, Syria’s Local Administration Minister Omar al-Ibrahim Ghalaounji said that foreign-sponsored terrorism in the country damaged about 9,000 state buildings and cost $15 billion in losses to the public sector between March 2011 and March 2013.

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