Syria army retakes Christian town of Sadad

The Syrian army has taken back control of the ancient Christian town of Sadad from al-Qaeda-linked militants operating inside the Arab country.

On Monday, state news agency, SANA, quoted an unnamed official source as saying that the military “restored security and stability” to the town of Sadad, north of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The development comes after a week of clashes in the town.

“Pursuing terrorists in the farms surrounding Sadad still continues” the source added.

Militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front had recently captured key areas of the Christian town, including a checkpoint that gave them control of the western part.

The fighting in the town forced many people to flee to the nearby city of Homs or remain trapped in their houses.

Sadad has a strategic location near the main highway leading to the Syrian capital.

In September, members of the al-Nusra Front terrorist group briefly took over the Christian town of Ma’loula, which is home to two of the oldest surviving monasteries in Syria.

Syrian troops have managed to recapture most areas of the town.

Meanwhile on Sunday, Christians held a demonstration outside a cathedral in Damascus to call for the release of their relatives from the ‘hands of the armed groups.’

Protesters held placards reading, “Free our relatives from the hands of the armed groups,” making reference to the foreign-backed militants in Syria.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. Reports indicate that the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside the country.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.

By Press TV

 

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