Al-Alam Syria correspondent Shot in Homs

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Al-Alam correspondent in Syria Rua al-Ali has been wounded while accompanying the Syrian army advances in al-Khalidiya district of Homs city, al-Alam reports.

“Al-Ali was shot in her thigh on Saturday before being taken to a hospital where she undergoes a surgery,” director of al-Alam office in Damascus Hossain Mortada said.

Al-Ali was one of the most active al-Alam correspondents in recent days, covering the events in Syria especially in Homs.

The Syrian army forces now control half of the al-Khalidiya district of Homs after ousting foreign-backed militants in fierce fighting in the central Syrian city, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

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Militants’ torture rooms in Syria

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The Syrian army said Sunday that it recaptured 70 percent of the district after fierce fighting with insurgents in the area.
They also found tunnels that militants used for different purposes. Some of the tunnels had rooms fitted with special devices for torture and execution. The militants had also built a lab for developing bombs.
A Syrian army commander told Al Alam that many insurgents speak with a foreign accent.
Latest reports indicate that the Syrian army is making progress in its operation to retake control of the western city of Homs.
Syrian forces on Saturday advanced into some areas of the city including Qusour, Jouret al-Shayah and Khaldiyeh, as well as some parts of Old Homs.
The army has eliminated a large number of terrorists and dismantled explosive devices in the operation.
Meanwhile, Syrian troops have also fighting foreign-backed Takfiri militants on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.

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Syrian army starts “North storm” to save Aleppo

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Syrian army has completely surrounded Andan and Nubbul in north of Aleppo as it goes on with its operation to save the province from terrorist groups, most of them infiltrating from Turkey.
According to al-Alam correspondent, the army has started its operation in the area, which is one of the most important militants’ strongholds near Turkey borders.
The army is preparing to attack militant strongholds in the towns of al-Zahra, Hayyan, Tell Rifaat and A’zaz in north of Aleppo.
The operation is code-named North Storm.
Rocket attacks were reported in Nubbul which according to reports left at least 6 people dead and several injured.
A Qatari militant named Ali al-Ansari from terrorist al-Nusra Front was killed in clashes near Mennigh airport.
Terrorist groups entered the two towns of Nubbul and al-Zahra at the beginning of the insurgency in March 2011, but in July 2012 they completely blocked the area letting no food, medicine and supplies to enter. No one could leave the area or enter as well.
In May, a group of a thousand people tried to break the siege, but they were faced with terrorists who attacked the group brutally and killed and arrested many of them.
They beheaded 10 men and hung their heads at the entrance of the area so that no one else would run.
More than 50 thousand people live in these two towns while after the crisis broke out some 15000 people also migrated and set camp in there.
There are daily reports of abduction and killing of citizens in the area by terrorist groups who often film their crimes and post them on the internet.
It is estimated that at least 10 thousand terrorist are currently occupying the towns.
Army is extending its operations in Aleppo which has been scene of vicious killings, abduction and torture of citizens throughout the crisis.
As the government in Syria is struggling with a massive foreign-backed insurgency, US, Britain and their allies are pushing hard to arm the militant groups so that they topple the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Pushed by Britain and France, the European Union recently lifted an arms embargo on militants fighting in Syria, raising risks of extending the bloody insurgency in Syria as well as the whole region.

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Syrian army, on verge of Aleppo

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The Syrian army and national defense forces’ operations are still underway to clear villages in the southern countryside of Aleppo, especially the strategic areas and hills overlooking towns, al-Alam correspondent in Aleppo reports.
Further, sporadic clashes occurred in orchards and valleys in the area.

The Syrian army forces accomplished their mission in Hraibil area by targeting armed groups and shelling their hideouts, the report says.

Army forces attacked the area from several axes, and al-Alam news crew accompanied them into the valleys in which clashes were taking place.

“Having suppressed the armed groups, army forces entered al-Ma’amil district which is notoriously known to be the nest of these groups,” said Hossain Mortada, al-Alam correspondent in Aleppo.

“The aim of the military operation was to clear the region of armed groups. To this end, army’s invasive forces entered the region from several directions and regained a number of districts including Saqlaya and al-Dahabia,” Mortada added.

Al-Alam correspondent in Hraibil also reported that “after arriving to Hraibil, the Syrian army regained the area and cleared it of armed entities.”

Al-Alam correspondent reported that al-Alam news crew accompanied the Syrian army as it advanced to the area where the asphalt plant is located, clearing the plant and heading to Aleppo from the southern Rif.

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Syrian army makes big anti-terror achievements

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The Syrian army has managed to establish security and take full control in all villages in eastern al-Asi region, while battling foreign-backed terror groups in Rif al-Qusayr, Al-Alam News Channel reported exclusively.
Fresh footage and reports suggested that “the Syrian army has recaptured the last village in east of al-Asi region named al-Dosaria and its surrounding gardens, while military forces were controlling water refining complex in Rif al-Qusayr.”

“While clearing Jousia region, the army forces detected a large number of bombs and neutralized them. The bombs were planted to prevent the Syrian army from advancing,” Al-Alam correspondent reported.

“The siege around al-Qusayr city is tightened by nearly 95 percent, and the operation to clear the region from armed terrorist groups will be launched within the next few days,” an army officer told the Al-Alam correspondent.

Al-Alam news crew entered one of the villages which have recently been regained by the Syrian army. The villagers warmly received the Syrian army forces and expressed happiness over their triumph. However, nothing but ruins have remained in other villages and districts.

The ruins are evidence of the severe clashes, especially those which occurred in Tal al-Hansh, Ra’s al-Ma’a, and Harat Bait Amon. These areas are of great importance since they overlook the roads in which smuggling of arms takes place and armed men commute.

Al-Alam news crew accompanied the Syrian army into al-Mashtal village which is a kilometer away from al-Qusayr. Al-Salumia village, in the vicinity of al-Qotaina lake near the sieged village of al-Qosania, was freed on Thursday. The army is now trying to break the siege of al-Qosania. Some rockets and bombs were also detected in al-Salumia village.

“After severe battles, the Syrian army succeeded to recapture al-Salumia village from armed men after inflicting heavy blows on them. During the clashes, the army managed to push the armed terrorists back and kill a large number of them. Some of the armed elements managed to flee but eventually all of them will be eliminated,” a senior officer told Al-Alam correspondent.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army intensified the siege around armed men in al-Qusayr city and clashes reached the southern countryside of al-Qusayr. This caused the armed gangs to attempt to escape from there but the Syrian army confronted them, killed a large number of them, and detained several.

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