The Syrian Army has launched a large-scale operation against opposition militants.
According to the Al-Arabiya pan-Arabist TV news channel, the government troops and the opposition clashed Friday in the city of Aleppo, to the northeast of Damascus.
The Syrian authorities restored control over several Damascus districts which units of rebel fighters had penetrated earlier.
According to officials in Damascus, the situation is growing generally stable.
The authorities are handing out drinking water to the population in the areas where fighting erupted and bakeries are operational at nighttime, given that the Muslim fasting month Ramadan has begun.
The Voice of Russia