Syrian soldiers have killed scores of foreign-backed militants during mop-up operations in the northwestern city of Aleppo.
According to Syria’s official news agency SANA, a number of armed men were killed during intense clashes with Syrian troops in the al-Dweirinyeh neighborhood of Aleppo, situated about 310 kilometers (193 miles) north of the capital, Damascus, on Sunday.
Syrian forces also destroyed several pickup trucks equipped with Dushka machine guns and anti-aircraft weaponry after the clashes.
Elsewhere in the city, the Syrian army attacked militants and killed a large number of them in the al-Karami and al-Safira districts. A unit of the army also engaged gunmen in the al-Queris area.
In addition, Syrian troops killed and injured scores of militants in the al-Mansoura and Tal Arran districts of the city.
The army also seized various kinds of weapons and munitions after similar clashes in several other neighborhoods on Sunday.
Many people, including large numbers of Syrian security forces, have been killed in the turmoil that began in Syria nearly two years ago.
On February 8, a Syrian cleric was killed in a mortar attack carried out by the militants on a mosque in Aleppo.