Armed gangs in Syria are shifting their focus to capital, Damascus

Terrorist gangs in Syria launch attacks on army personnel and civilians. (File photo)

Source: Press TV
Anti-government armed groups in Syria have received directives to shift the focus of their terrorist activities from other cities to Damascus and nearby areas, Press TVreports

Injured gunmen who have been recently transferred to Lebanon say they have been told to concentrate their activities on the capital and the neighboring regions.

The new plan includes increasing armed attacks on security targets in Damascus above other parts of the country.

According to the report, the masterminds behind Syria’s unrest have turned to destabilizing the capital, finding insecurity in the government’s seat as the key to effective spreading of violence across the nation.

The revelation matches recent moves by armed gangs after a number of their terror cells were dismantled by the Syrian security forces.

The terrorists are apparently missioned to engage the Syrian armed forces in the capital and inflict heavier blows on security forces in Damascus.

They have also turned to threatening local tradesmen and business owners in addition to bullying civilians.

Clashes continue between Syrian forces and anti-government gangs despite a ceasefire that was brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan in March and took effect on April 12.

Reports say about 260 foreign observers are currently in Syria to monitor the cease-fire as part of Annan’s six-point peace plan.

The Syrian government says the ongoing violence and the recent massacres of civilians in the country are being orchestrated from abroad and that security forces have been given clear instructions not to harm civilians.

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