DAMASCUS, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people were killed and many more injured on Friday in a series of mortar attacks launched reportedly by the rebels in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, the mainstream media reported.
Mortar attacks landed in the al-Jamiliyeh district of Aleppo, killing four people and injuring 12 others, SANA said, adding that three people were killed and four others wounded when a mortar shell struck the 30 Street southwest of Idlib province.
In the central province of Homs, a woman was killed and 13 people injured when a mortar slammed the al-Mahatta Street, according to SANA.
Meanwhile, SANA said that dozens of "terrorists" were killed Friday by the Syrian troops near the capital Damascus. It said the "terrorists" were killed between the town of Maloula and Qastal.
While SANA spelled no details about the number of ambushed rebels, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV placed the number of the killed members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in the ambush at 70.
The TV said that some 150 wounded rebels escaped to the Lebanese town of Ersal after the ambush.
The Syrian troops have been fighting what they call "terrorists " for almost three years. The international community is preparing for holding the Geneva II peace conference designed to bring representatives of the government and the opposition together to work out a political solution to the protracted impasse.