Fresh clashes rage in Syria, Russia opposes sanctions

DAMASCUS.  July 28. KAZINFORM Fresh clashes were reported on Friday in many places in Syria, as Russia insists its opposition to sanctions against Damascus, saying they will complicate attempts to achieve stabilization in the Mideast country, Kazinform refers to Xinhua.  

Syria's state TV said a big blast rocked al-Khalidieh neighborhood in central Homs province overnight Friday, after an "armed terrorist group" booby-trapped al-Shawader street in the neighborhood.

A large number of armed men were killed in the blast, the report said, adding that the "terrorists" are piling up the bodies of their killed comrades in order to portray them as victims of an army-led attack.

Activists have not commented on the incident yet, but reported heavy shelling on a number of areas nationwide, including the town of Qusair in Homs province.

On the same day, Syrian troops rescued two Italian experts who had been kidnapped earlier by armed groups, according to state TV. They had worked in a power plant in Deir Ali area near Douma suburb of Damascus.

The TV gave no further details about the rescue, but the area has witnessed intense fighting between armed rebels and government troops.

Meanwhile, state media said the army recuperated control of al-Hajar al-Aswad area in southern Damascus after clashes with armed opposition fighters.

The Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists, said as many as 100 people were killed on Friday nationwide, while the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 70.

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