DAMASCUS, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian troops on Friday thwarted a rebel infiltration attempt into a main square east of the capital Damascus, according to pro-government activists and sources.
A rebel group was trying to sneak to the al-Abbasiyeen square through a tunnel they dug from the rebel-held Jobar suburb. The forces blew up the tunnel, while the rebels responded by blowing up a building between Jobar and the square.
The rebels said Security forces were in the building, but pro- government activists said it was empty.
Meanwhile, local media reports said mortar shells fired by the rebels exploded in the vicinity of the square, injuring a number of people with no reported causalities so far.
The rebels' attempt was the latest in a series of other failing similar moves, which were largely carried out from Jobar, one of the rebel-occupied areas in the Eastern al-Ghouta countryside.
In a related incident on Friday, the Syrian troops also foiled an infiltration attempt by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in the town of Rankous, some 45 km north of Damascus, activists and local media said, adding that many of the rebels were killed as a result of the attack.
According to the UN, well over 100,000 people have been killed and an estimated 9 million others driven from their homes since opposition protesters first sought to oust President Bashar al- Assad and his government in March 2011.