DAMASCUS, April 7 (Xinhua) -- At least 20 rebels were killed Monday by Syrian army in northern part of the capital Damascus, the official SANA news agency reported.
In a precise ambush, the Syrian troops eliminated 20 " terrorists" and captured others in the industrial city of Adra, north of Damascus, while they were attempting to flee toward the Dumair suburb of Damascus, said SANA.
The ambush is the latest in a string of successful military operations the Syrian troops carried out, during which tens of rebels have been killed over the past few days.
Meanwhile, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said the Syrian forces also ambushed another militant group between the towns of Ein al- Hasan and al-Saen, east of the central city of Homs on Monday, killing and wounding more than 20 of them.
The TV said that the death toll of the Syrian military ambush against rebels rose to 63 in the Jouret al-Shaiah area in Homs which took place on Sunday, including field commanders of the rebels.
The Syrian troops have recently recaptured several villages and towns in central Syria, cutting off main supply routes for rebels from neighboring Lebanon. The army also tightened the noose around armed groups in the countryside of Damascus and blocked several attempts to storm the capital.
The army's offensive and its tightened besiege on some hotspots prompted the rebels to intensify their mortar attacks against safe areas in Damascus, presumably to shift the government 's attention and alleviate pressure on tense areas.
More than 150,000 people were killed and millions displaced in Syria since opposition started protests in 2011, which later turned into war between the Syrian army and armed rebels.