DAMASCUS, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian troops purged on Friday a rebellious district of the northern city of Aleppo, the state-TV said.
Al-Sakhour district is now clean of "mercenaries and terrorists, " the state-TV said. The restive district has emerged as one of the main battlegrounds in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and commercial hub.
Syria's official media said the Aleppo district of Slaiman al- Halabi had also been cleansed from insurgents.
Also in Aleppo, the state-TV said armed groups fired a mortar shell at al-Midan district on Friday, killing three girls.
The battles in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and commercial hub, have escalated dramatically since last week when the armed rebels announced the commencement of the "decisive battle" in a bid to win control over Aleppo.
Meanwhile, the Local Coordination Committees, groups of activists, reported clashes and shelling on Friday in a number of Syrian areas, including suburbs of the capital Damascus.
DAMASCUS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian forces thwarted overnight Thursday an infiltration attempt by armed groups from neighboring Turkey, the state-TV said, as the tension has gotten high between both countries after the cross-border incident that killed five Turks a day earlier.Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said Thursday that he is alarmed by the escalating tensions along the Syrian-Turkish border and warned the spillover of the Syrian crisis. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Syria's UN Ambassador Bashadr Ja'afari said on Thursday that his government "is not seeking any escalation with any of its neighbors, including Turkey."
The envoy made the remarks to the media here following an inflammatory border incident in which artillery shelling fired from Syria killed five Turkish civilians in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey. Full story
BEIJING, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday called for restraint amid mounting border tensions between Turkey and Syria.
"The Chinese side always holds that sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected between countries," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in response to a question on the attacks in the border areas between Turkey and Syria. Full story