Syrian forces retook control of Baba Amr neighborhood on Thursday
Syrian government forces have arrested a large number of gunmen with different nationalities in Baba Amr neighborhood in the restive city of Homs.
According to reports many of those detained are Arab nationals, among them Qatari intelligence agents. Others are reportedly from Afghanistan, Turkey and a number of European countries, including France.
The security forces have also seized sophisticated Israeli, European and American-made weapons in the area as well as confiscating made-in-Israel shells, rockets and communication equipment.
Syrian forces retook control of the Baba Amr district on Thursday. They discovered tunnels used by the armed terrorist groups to smuggle arms and move from one place to another and seized a large cache of weapons in Baba Amr following an operation to clear the area of armed gangs.
Baba Amr was one of the key strongholds of the Syrian Free Army– an armed group looking to topple the government.
Armed groups have targeted many governmental institutions and security agencies in Syria since mid-March last year when unrest hit the country.
Hundreds of people, including security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of the killings, Damascus blames,” saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest for orchestrating the violence from abroad.