Syrian government forces run along a street strewn with debris in Aleppo (file photo).
Syrian army units have attacked hideouts of foreign-backed militants in two villages northeast of the city of Hama, killing a number of the insurgents.
Citing “military sources,” official Syrian SANA news agency reported on Monday that during sweeping operations in villages of Jib al-Hinta, Jib Othman and Rasm al-Daheriya near Hama in the country’s west-central part, government forces further destroyed a large amount of weapons and ammunition belonging to the militants.
The news agency also reported that Syrian armed forces repelled a militant attack on Minnegh Airport while engaging in separate cleansing operations in the major city of Aleppo and its surrounding countryside.
According to official sources cited in the report, Syrian army units confronted foreign-backed militants as they attempted to wage an assault on Minnegh Airport, killing or injuring most of the militants involved in the attack.
It added that the government forces further destroyed insurgent hideouts and their weaponry in villages surrounding the airport.
Moreover, the report noted, Syrian special operations forces engaged the militants in al-Mansoureh village, as well as al-Rashidin and al-Sakhour neighborhoods in Aleppo, killing a number of them.
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.
On June 22, foreign ministers of the countries supporting the militants fighting the Syrian government, including Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States, agreed to provide the insurgents with weapons.
They also agreed "to channel all military support by relevant countries through the Staff Chairmanship of the Syrian Supreme Military Council."
On Friday, the militants announced that they had received new weapons that could lead to "change" in the war against the Syrian government.
On June 14, US President Barack Obama ordered his administration to provide the militants in Syria with more sophisticated weapons, claiming that the Syrian government had used “chemical weapons” against the militants and thus crossed Washington’s “red line.”
Last month, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said militants from as many as 29 different countries are fighting against Syria.