Damascus, Syria− The town of Meliha in the suburb of Damascus saw on Tuesday evening fierce clashes between rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
Meliha clashes started earlier this week as the pro-regime military forces launched operations in an attempt to regain control over FSA-held locations in the town, which led to intensifying violence in the area, forcing dozens of families to escape their houses towards the city Damascus.
Ahmad Sabbagh, media activist based in the city of Damascus, told ARA News that the pro-regime forces were backed by militants from the Lebanese Hezbollah militia during the clashes in Meliha, east of Damascus.
“Several fighters from both sides fell during the clashes, but we couldn’t verify the exact number of Tuesday’s clashes,” Sabbagh said.
Meanwhile, local sources reported that Sednaya town near Damascus was also exposed to a surge of violence on Tuesday, as the pro-regime forces launched an attack against the FSA-held Sednaya Observatory district.
“The pro-Assad air force dropped explosive barrels on Sednaya on Tuesday morning, killing and injuring several militants from the opposition,” said Ibrahim Ahmed, a media activist in Sednaya. “The explosions were followed by clashes between both sides in the vicinity of Sednaya Observatory district.”
Reporting by: Jawad al-Ali
Source: ARA News
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