January 31, 2012 - 16:52 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Syrian security forces on Tuesday, January 31,
continued wide-scale military operations against rebel forces,
claiming gains against the "outlaws," M&C reported quoting DPA.

However, fighting continued against defectors who have joined the
ranks of the opposition on the outskirts of the capital.

Syria's state-television reported that the operation carried out by
'the courageous troops of the country' resulted in returning stability
to al-Ghotta and nearby regions, only eight kilometers away from

The broadcaster quoting an unnamed Interior Ministry source saying
"our forces managed to cleanse the area from terrorists."

Since Sunday, fierce clashes have been raging between regular army
troops and defectors, who managed to take control of several areas at
the outskirts of Damascus. Activists reported that members of the Free
Syrian Army have retreated from areas close to the Damascus suburbs
area after army forces launched a wide-scale operation backed by tanks
in the area. They added the more than 150 people had been rounded up
in the area of al-Ghotta and its neighbourhoods since Monday morning.

The Local Coordination Committees, a group that coordinates anti-regime
protests on the ground, said in a statement that 100 people were
killed on Monday, most of whom were in areas located in Damascus
Suburbs. The intensified violence came as the UN Security Council
is due to meet later Tuesday in what was described to be a 'heated
meeting' over Syria.

From: A. Papazian