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Syrian jets strike militant positions in west-central Hama



Syrian fighter jets have reportedly carried out a string of airstrikes against the positions of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the country’s west-central province of Hama.

On Saturday, Syrian military aircraft launched a number of aerial attacks against militant bases in the towns of Maardas and Kafr Zita, which lie in the northern sector of the province and more than 210 kilometers north of the capital, Damascus, killing scores of terrorists and injuring many more.

Four Takfiri militants were also killed when they engaged in an exchange of gunfire with government forces on the northern outskirts of the provincial capital city of Hama.

Elsewhere, in the Suleiman al-Halabi and Bustan al-Basha districts of the northwestern city of Aleppo, fierce skirmishes were going on between Syrian army units and foreign-backed terrorists on Saturday.

Additionally, Syrian soldiers managed to establish control over a hilltop overlooking the Handarat refugee camp in northern Aleppo, leaving a large of militants dead and several others injured.

At least 23 Daesh terrorists were also killed when Syrian soldiers retook the Um Aboud hilltop in the southwestern part of Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Syrian government forces take part in an operation to take control of Aleppo’s Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood, September 30, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Moreover, skirmishes were underway between Syrian government forces and Daesh terrorists near the Sha’er gas field, al-Sawwan hill and Huwaisis Village in the eastern part of the western province of Homs.

Syrian jets also bombarded militant positions in the Khan Sheikh district, the town of Deir Khaibah and the Zakiyah region in the western suburbs of Damascus, killing 17 Takfiri terrorists and injuring several others.

In the northern border city of Jarabulus, militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army turned on each other and engaged in a bloody infighting. There were no immediate reports on the number of casualties.

Separately, a civilian lost his life and several others sustained injuries when a landmine went off in Kaljibrin Village in Aleppo Province.

Terror group says not at war with Israel

Meanwhile, a figure with of the so-called Jaish al-Islam militant group says his fellow militants do not seek war with Israel.

Syrian pro-government forces are seen in the Farafira district, northwest of Aleppo’s historic citadel, September 28, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

“We have no intention to make war against anyone except for the Syrian regime. Our aim now is to get rid of the Syrian regime,” Mohammed Alloush said.

His remarks come amid the Syrian government’s repeated statements that Israel together with its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri militant groups operating inside the violence-wracked Arab country.

Moreover, the Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.

The conflict in Syria, which flared up in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, according to an estimate by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

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