Syrian troops retake Sayyida Zainab neighborhood from rebels

Syrian soldiers control a checkpoint at the entrance of the al-Karama area in the Bab Amro neighbourhood of Homs on May 2, 2012.

Syrian troops have regained control of most parts of the Damascus neighborhood of Sayyida Zainab after government forces launched an all-out offensive against the armed rebels in the capital, Press TV reports

Syrian security forces dealt heavy blows to anti-government rebels who rushed to areas close to the Sayyida Zainab neighborhood after coming under attack in various parts of the capital.

Troops are fighting with the militants now to completely clear the mainly Shia Muslim neighborhood of the rebels.

About 5,000 Shia Muslims, including those who have fled violence in other part of the capital, are living in the neighborhood.  Continue reading