CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Syria gov't forces retake Damascus suburbs

02-01-2012 08:36 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Syrian government forces have reasserted control of the Damascus suburbs after beating back rebels at the gates of the capital.

The development comes amidst a push at the UN for a resolution calling on President Bashar al-Assad to give up power. Activists in eastern districts of Damascus say government troops fired in the air as they advanced into the suburbs. At least 100 people have been killed in the last three days of fighting. Activists are also claiming that the suburbs are now under an unannounced curfew.

Meanwhile, a Syrian official told the Xinhua News Agency that a fresh explosion occurred Tuesday at Basatin Joubar in the central province of Homs, setting a plastic factory on fire.

The blast, the cause of which is still unknown, occurred near an oil pipeline in the area. Earlier in the day, a Syrian state newspaper claimed that armed groups had committed what it described as a "mass massacre" in Homs, warning that anti-government groups had dramatically stepped up their violent operations.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program