On June 5, Syria ' s army took full control of the flashpoint town near the Lebanese border after an offensive against foreign - backed militants that lasted almost three weeks.Our correspondent who visited the town on Thursday reported that the foreign - backed militants caused heavy damage to houses and shops during the clashes with government forces earlier this month.
“The terrorists have looted houses and shops, ” said the correspondent, adding citizens of the town are returning to their homes despite existence of many problems.
In the past months, the Syrian army has moved steadily against the terrorists in key battleground areas, making advances near the border with Lebanon and considerably lowering the threat to Damascus.
Syria has been gripped by unrest for more than two years. The foreign - sponsored militancy has taken its toll on the lives of thousands of people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.