Syria army foils militants' infiltration into Damascus
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Syrian government forces have foiled infiltration attempts into the capital Damascus by foreign-backed militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, Press TV reports. On Monday, fierce fighting continued between the foreign-backed Takfiri militants and the Syrian soldiers in the northern and southern countryside of Damascus. A Syrian soldier fighting against the militants in Talfita village in northern Damascus said that the army's mission is to protect the village and the mountains around it. "If we see any infiltration attempt, we will foil it directly. We completely control these mountains," the soldier said. Syrian army forces also killed a large number of militants and seized their weapons in the southern part of the capital. On the same day, eight people were wounded in a mortar attack on the residential area of al-Midan in the capital. Also on Monday, around 30 people, including one child, were killed in a car bomb blast in the town of Darkush in Syria's northwestern Province of Idlib. The bomb reportedly went off at a market in an area which is under the control of the foreign-backed militants. The death toll is expected to rise as a large number of people suffered serious injuries. On Sunday, two explosives-laden cars detonated near the state TV headquarters in Damascus, causing no casualties. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed due to the violence in the country.