DAMASCUS, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- A Syrian military source on Sunday dismissed as unfounded media reports that the armed rebels in northern province Aleppo had overrun two bases near the military airport of Ming.
The source, whose remarks were carried by the state-run SANA news agency, said "such false allegations come as part of the desperate attempts to lift the collapsing morale of the armed groups that are facing strikes by our valiant army."
In the meantime, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based opposition watchdog, said that three civilians were killed in the capital Damascus Sunday by an explosion. It said the blast rocked the Sharkas lane of the northern district of Rukin Addien.
The Observatory also reported blasted and clashes elsewhere in the conflict-ravaged country.
The battles in Damascus are the latest in a series of intense fighting that engulfed most of Syrian cities over the past 22 months of crisis, during which more than 60,000 people were killed.