- uploaded: Aug 21, 2013
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Work has started to repair what has been damaged by the foreign-sponsored militants as the Syrian Army retakes control of the country's main power plants near the capital Damascus, Press TV reports. The situation remains tense in the industrial block that separates Kabun and Jobar areas of Damascus, a Press TV correspondent in Syria reported on Tuesday. Entering the area is only possible through a secured path made up of a maze of holes and hoses between the abandoned plants. The Syrian Army has recaptured the main warehouse of the Damascus electricity establishment, which was taken over by the armed militants in July. The militants damaged the buildings and machinery in the warehouse. "By gaining control of this establishment we broke the backbone of the militants," an army officer told Press TV. The army troops entered the compound through various entrances, killed many insurgents and pushed others to Jobar, the army officer stated, adding that "there is only one more building in this parameter which they (militants) control now." As soon as the establishment was taken over by the army the repair process was started, the Press TV correspondent said. "We are in the general electricity department of Damascus. Armed men have sabotaged some of the devices and offices (here). We are repairing them," Shadi Suleiman, an electricity worker said. Thanks to the Syrian Army, the area is now secured, he added. The Syrian Army has made it clear that operations will continue until securing all the areas that surround the capital. The government troops have recently conducted successful clean-up operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses on the militants. The Syrian Army's push against the militants rattled their sponsors. Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said on June 26 that Saudi Arabia is trembling with fear because of the Syrian Army's recent gains against the militants. Zoubi said that the Saudi weapons and money is the main reason behind bloodshed in Syria. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.