DAMASCUS, Syria, Mar 23 (NNN-SANA) - The Syrian army has killed over 150 rebels, during the three-day long military showdown, in the eastern part of the capital Damascus.
Hundreds of rebels were wounded during the battles, and the government forces also destroyed three explosive-laden vehicles, and killed seven suicide bombers, before they could reach their destination, at military posts, east of Damascus.
The report came, a day after the Syrian army confronted the second wave of rebel attack, from the rebel-held neighbourhood, east of Damascus, on government-controlled areas in the eastern parts of the capital, that started on Tuesday morning.
On Sunday, the rebels of the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and like-minded groups, unleashed the first attack on the capital, raiding down the city with tens of mortar shells and explosive bullets.
The military forces called in reinforcements from the elite forces of the 4th Division and the Syrian Republican Guards' unit, to help protect the eastern part of the capital.
So far the rebels failed to make a notable breakthrough, but the offensives they waged and the counter attacks from the Syrian army, reminded the capital's people of the first days of the armed rebellion in eastern Damascus.
"The Syrian forces are fighting intense battles with the terrorist groups, north of the Jobar neighbourhood," said a military source.
Meanwhile, the Syrian air force carried out intense air strikes against rebel positions, in the Eastern Ghouta countryside, from which the rebels unleashed their offensives against the capital.
Source: NAM News Network