DAMASCUS, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Syrian troops on Saturday flushed out armed opposition fighters from a district in the capital Damascus and several areas in northern Idlib province, the state media said.
The government troops clashed with armed groups in al-Qaboun district of Damascus, killing large number of them and rounding up others, the state-run SANA news agency said, adding that big amount of ammunition and weapons were also confiscated.
Al-Qaboun was among restive southern districts of Damascus that have emerged as battlegrounds between rebels and the Syrian troops.
The state media said that al-Midan neighborhood, another hotbed of armed conflict, was cleansed of rebel fighters on Friday.
Meanwhile, SANA said the army has also succeeded in dislodging armed opposition fighters from the northern areas of Salqeen, Kafr Hom and Harem in Idlib.
However, clashes continued Saturday in Razi orchards in Mazzeh district and other Damascus suburbs. Clashes were also reported in eastern Deir al-Zour province.
On the opposition side, activists reported shelling by the government troops on a number of areas across the country, adding that the rebel Free Syrian Army has managed to take over a Syrian border point near Iraq.
Activists also reported heavy clashes in Salahuddien square in northern Aleppo province.