DAMASCUS, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- The clashes between the Syrian troops and the opposition fighters continued Wednesday in several hotspots in the unrest-stricken country, reports said, as activists claimed the armed rebels have pulled out from districts of the capital Damascus.
Syria's state news agency SANA said the Syrian army carried out two qualitative operations at the Maisalon and al-Fardous areas in the northern city of Aleppo, killing many armed "terrorists" and destroying three buses occupied by "terrorists."
Meanwhile, two explosive devices ripped through Damascus' suburb of Qudsia near a high-school but leaving no human losses, said SANA.
Also in Damascus' suburb, the Syrian troops have dealt "harsh blows" to the armed opposition fighters at al-Hajar al-Aswad area, killing and injuring a number of them, and the troops managed to " purge" some parts of the restive district from insurgents, according to SANA.
Quoting a military source, SANA said the armed groups used all kind of weapons in their fighting against the government troops. The source also stressed that the forces will continue their operations to cleanse all Damascus' suburbs from the armed insurgents.
Meanwhile, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebel fighters announced Wednesday morning their retreat from the Damascus' suburbs of al-Hajar al-Aswad, al-Qadam and al-A'sali in Damascus after weeks of violent clashes with government forces.
The Observatory said the government troops bombarded Wednesday several area in the battered Aleppo city.
The Local Coordination Committees, another activists' network, placed the death toll of Wednesday's violence at 62.
Such claims, however, are impossible of being checked independently.
The violence continued as the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali- Akbar Salehi set foot in Damascus and met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem.
The content of the meetings were not immediate known, but the visit has come on the heels of his recent visit to Egypt, during which he held meetings with foreign ministers of Turkey and Egypt.
Iran, the main regional patron of Syria, is a member of the newly-established quartet committee, which also groups Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt.
The quartet group was formed with the aim of handling the Syrian issue in a peaceful way. The committee held its first meeting Monday at the level of foreign ministers in Egypt's capital, Cairo.
Syria's fighting continue in hotspots nationwide
DAMASCUS, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Clashes intensified Monday in a number of Syrian areas, most notably in hotspots around the capital Damascus and northern city of Aleppo.
Residents of several Damascus' districts woke up Monday to the sounds of shelling and gunfire echoing from restive suburbs that are witnessing intense fighting between government troops and armed rebels. Full story