Syrian army troops have clashed with militants in the town of Latakia, located near southwestern province of Rif Dimashq, killing dozens of foreign backed militants affiliated to al - Nusra Front.

On Thursday, scores of militants were killed during intense clashes with Syrian troops in the area of al - Sakriyah in the suburb of Latakia province.

Syrian troops also stormed several terrorist hideouts in the area and shot dead scores of al - Qaeda affiliated militants.

The army fresh operation came following the clearing of al - Bahdaliye and Halboun districts located south of the shrine of Sayyida Zainab(PBUH).

Leader of a terrorist group called “Ababil Houran” as well as several other militants were killed during clashes at al - Dhiyabiye district in Rif Dimashq.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence.