DAMASCUS, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- A Syrian pro-government daily said Monday that the army was poised for a wide-scale offensive in eastern Aleppo city.
The al-Watan daily said the army had fought pitch battles in Aleppo city over the past 24 hours as a prelude for a wider-scale operation in the eastern parts of the battered city "after the decision had been made for a military showdown there."
The daily said intense fighting took place Sunday at the surroundings of the Hanano barracks, and that the army had inflicted hefty toll on the armed militias.
The paper said the army had moved unites toward the Aleppo' s eastern district of Sakhour, which is expected to witness the beginning of the wide-scale operation in eastern part of the city.
In the previous reports, the opposition activists said Hanano barracks had been stormed by the armed opposition fighters.
However, the paper said scores of armed men had been killed in Sunday' s clashes.
Meanwhile, al-Watan said the Syrian troops on Sunday continued their operation at the southeastern parts of the capital Damascus, and tracked down armed groups at the Tadamun area as part of intense clashes that have engulfed that part of the city.
The paper said the clashes have stretched to involve areas adjacent to al-Tadamun, adding that two fabric and plastic factories in that area had been burned down due to the violence there.
The clashes have also spread to the eastern Ghota area, where the armed groups have used all kind of weaponries, said the paper.
In separate accounts, the opposition Local Coordination Committees (LCC) said that the Aleppo districts of Qadi Askar and al-Yassir were shelled Monday by a Syrian fighter jet, adding that the southern districts of Damascus such as Tadamun, Hajar al-Aswad and the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk had also come under artillery shells.
The claim couldn' t be checked independently.