The Syrian army has driven back a group of militants who were attempting to infiltrate Syria through the Lebanese border.
The militants tried to enter the strategic city of Qusayr, located about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Homs, on Sunday, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.
Syrian government forces confronted the militants, killing a number of them. Three Lebanese nationals were among the slain militants. Some of the gunmen managed to flee back into Lebanon.
There were no reports of causalities on the side of the Syrian troops.
Additionally, Syrian troops stormed several terrorist hideouts in the northern and western neighborhoods of Qusayr.
Large amounts of weapons and munitions were also destroyed after the fierce gun battles.
Moreover, a number of armed men were killed during intense clashes with Syrian troops in the al-Bayda al-Sharqiya district of Qusayr. A cache of munitions was destroyed after the heavy clashes.
Furthermore, Syrian forces ambushed three trucks transporting weapons destined for anti-government gunmen in Qusayr.
Syrian troops entered Qusayr from several directions on May 19 after weeks of clashes with militants. The army has kicked off the second phase of its operation in the city after successfully concluding the first phase of the battle.
Qusayr has been an important center and supply route for the foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the Damascus government.
Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence.
Damascus says that the chaos in the country is being orchestrated from outside, and that the militants are supported by the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
Several international human rights organizations have said that the militants are committing war crimes.