Syrians rally in support of army in Homs
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Syrians have held a rally in the city of Homs to thank the country's military for bringing back security to more areas in the region as well as other parts of the country. Large number of Syrians took to the streets in al-Dahiyeh and al-Ommaliah areas in the city of Homs on Monday, with participation of the city's governor, Talal Brazi. The government troops have recently conducted successful cleanup operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses on the militants. The Syrian army regained full control over three villages in the western province of Latakia on Monday, following heavy fighting with foreign-backed Takfiri militants. On July 31, the army regained control of the main stronghold of foreign-backed militants in Homs in the Khaldiyeh district after more than one month of fierce fighting. The Syrian Army's push against the militants has rattled their sponsors. Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said on June 26 that Saudi Arabia is trembling with fear because of the Syrian Army's recent gains against the militants. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting the Takfiri militants operating inside Syria. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million displaced in Syria due to the violence.