DAMASCUS, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Syria's military chief of staff, Abdullah Ayoub, said Monday that the Syrian troops are determined to continue their national mission to rid Syria of the terrorist groups, the official SANA news agency reported.
Ayoub made the remarks during an inspection tour in the central region, where he highlighted the troops' readiness and their success on ground, SANA said, posting video footage of Ayoub visiting military posts in Talkalakh area.
Meanwhile, SANA said the Syrian troops killed tens of rebels and injured others in several Syrian cities on Monday, adding that 12 rebels from the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front were killed near a gas station in the town of Kafar Batna in the countryside of the capital Damascus.
Battles against the rebels were also reported in al-Mlaiha, Zibdin, Deir al-Asafir and Alia orchards near Damascus.
SANA also said two civilians were killed and more than six others were injured during rebels' attacks in some suburbs of Damascus.
On the opposition side, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eight children were killed on Monday in bombardment on rebel-held areas in Homs and Aleppo provinces, a claim that could not be verified independently.
Syria's three-year-old crisis has left more than 100,000 people killed and 9.3 million in Syria and over two million outside the country in need of humanitarian assistance, according to recent statistics by the UN and some humanitarian organizations.