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BEIRUT, September 17 (Itar-Tass) - Syrian troops surrounded a large group of rebels in the town of Shebaa near Damascus, the Surya al-Ain news agency reported on Tuesday. During the operation, the military killed more than 40 militants and blew up an underground explosives production facility.
Fighting continued is in the Jobar and Barzeh suburbs where the government troops regained control of the road to the Tishreen military hospital. Attacks on the enemy strongholds are launched in the nearby suburbs of Duma and Harasta. According to Surya al-Ain, 19 terrorists have been liquidated there during a mopping-up operation.
In the south, the government troops rebuffed armed raids in Diyabiya next to Imam Khomeini hospital. Rebel groups suffered losses in Hijjera, Babilla and Bet Sahem.
In the central province of Hama, according to the, Al Watan news service, the Syrian Army units liberated eight villages in which there were militant bases.
In the Kurdish area Ephrin near Aleppo, local militia killed 30 terrorists of the Al-Nusra group. According to eyewitnesses, the armed extremists who infiltrated from Turkey were attacking Kurdish villages in northern Syria, taking hostages.