DAMASCUS, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian troops on Friday regained two towns in the central province of Homs after intense battles with the armed rebels, according to the state-run SANA news agency.
The troops recaptured the towns of Muhin and Hawariyen in the eastern countryside of Homs city, said SANA. It added that the armed groups there had suffered grave losses.
Meanwhile, the Lebanese al-Manar TV said the army also recaptured the weapon depots in Muhin, a day after recapturing the Big Muhin mountain, which is only 3 km south of the town and 2 km west of 32 arms depots.
The rebels tried to move out the weapons before losing the town but the army's shelling thwarted their attempts.
Friday's progress is part of the recent victories the Syrian army and its affiliated militias, including the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, have made on many fronts in their battles with the armed groups.
Earlier on Friday, state-run media reported the army's recapture of Tal Hasel town in the southeast of the northern province of Aleppo.
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