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December 7, 2021

Syria army ‘retakes’ key Homs district of Khalidiya

Syrian government forces have fully captured a district that was a key rebel stronghold in the central city of Homs, state media report, quoted by the BBC.
The Sana news agency said the military had “restored security and stability to the neighbourhood of Khalidiya”.
Activists reported clashes in Khalidiya on Monday morning, but said that most of the area was under army control. The announcement comes a month after troops launched an offensive to oust rebels from Syria’s third largest city.
Homs has been one of the focuses of a two-year nationwide uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, in which the UN says more than 100,000 people have died.
On Monday, Sana reported: “Units of our noble army have completely restored security and stability to Khalidiya neighbourhood and eliminated terrorists who tried to attack the National Hospital in the Homs countryside”.
But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group, dismissed the claim.
While it acknowledged that government forces were in control of most of Khalidiya, it said there were still clashes in southern areas.

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