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Syria Trumpets Government Capture Of al-Rastan

(DP-News - agencies)

DAMASCUS- Syrian authorities say they have restored law and order to a rebellious central town after hunting down armed "terrorists" holed up inside.

 State-run news agency SANA says life is back to normal on Sunday in Rastan after five days of intense fighting between the military and forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian authorities said they were fighting armed terrorist gangs.

Activist Rami Abdul-Rahman told Associated Press that Syrian military retook most of Rastan by Saturday after army defectors pulled out of the town.


On Sunday, Five law-enforcement members were martyred and eight were wounded on Sunday after they were shot by an armed terrorist group in Kafar Nabboudeh Town in al-Ghab area and all of them were transferred to the national hospitals in Hama, al-Skelbieh and Masyaf.

An official source at al-Ghab area told SANA Correspondent that the law-enforcement members were performing their duty in preserving the security and protecting the civilians from the acts of intimidation practiced by the armed groups, when they were attacked by tens of gunmen who were driving stolen cars, and they opened fire on them as five were martyred and 8 were wounded.

The source added that the armed group used machine guns backed by snipers who were on the roofs of the neighboring buildings.

The source said that the armed groups also attacked a number of the governmental buildings in the aforementioned town, indicating that the competent authorities are hunting the criminals.

Also on Sunday, an armed terrorist group killed Citizen Ahmad Skaf, 54, from Bsames Village in al-Zawyah Mountain after he was kidnapped and tortured to death while his brother was shot in the foot.

An official source at the police leadership said that Skaf's body was found on Saturday in Wadi Arrouj Area, pointing out that his brother, 27, was attacked by a terrorist group while he was turning back home from his farm in Bedar Shamso Village.

The source added that Skaf's body was taken to Jisr al-Shugour National Hospital and marks of torture were found in different parts of his body.

"Skaf and his brother were frequently threatened by terrorists as they refused to respond to killing and sabotage calls" the source clarified.

On the other hand, another armed terrorist group robed SYP 5 millions on Sunday from the Agricultural Bank of Saraqeb.

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SANA on Sunday too reported “An armed terrorist group targeted early Sunday morning a freight train in Oubin area in Idleb province, north Syria. The driver and his assistant were injured as three cars were diverted off the railway.”

Governor of Idleb Khaled al-Ahmad told SANA that an explosive device planted on the railway exploded around 6 am causing the driver's railcar to divert off the main track along with the following two railcars, injuring him and his assistant.

He noted that the driver and his assistant were immediately pulled out of the driving railcar and transmitted to the National Hospital of Jisr al-Shughour city.

The governor added that the initial information imports that the bombing planners had planned to target instead of the freight train a passenger train which was scheduled to pass at the time of the explosion, but there had been a change in the train schedules and the passenger train trip was put off for reasons related to the company.

Al-Ahmad pointed out that the targeted train was carrying pipes and a number of materials needed for different service uses.

Eng. George Mqa'bari, Director General of the General Establishment of Syrian Railways, told SANA that the train was targeted as it passed the area between the towns of Bdama and al-Younisiyeh where the railway was bombed.

He added "The damage is estimated at millions of Syrian pounds and the technical committee is working on assessing the precise value of the damage."

The Establishment will work on replacing and maintaining the damaged part, about 75 meters of the railway and mending it to be put in service as soon as possible and the Establishment will also fix the railcar, he pointed out.

He noted that the train was loaded with 26 cargo trucks that contain irrigation pipes.

Earlier on the 23rd of July, armed terrorist groups targeted a passenger train in al-Sawda in Qazhil area in Homs province as it was heading from Aleppo to Damascus, carrying 500 persons.

SANA added at its news on Sunday that thirteen army and police martyrs on Sunday were escorted from Tishreen and Homs Military Hospitals to their final resting place in their cities and villages after they were targeted by armed terrorist groups while they were in the line of duty.

Solemn processions were held for the martyrs as they were covered with the national flag and flowers carried up on shoulders while the Military Band was playing the music of the "Martyr" and the "Farewell", according to SANA report.

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