Baku, January 18, AZERTAC
A Syrian general and eight other soldiers were killed late Tuesday in a tunnel bomb outside Damascus, a monitoring group said, according to The International News.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebel fighters planted explosives in a tunnel in the town of Harasta, northeast of Damascus.
"The explosion killed a Syrian officer at the rank of general, and eight other members of regime forces, and wounded several people," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The blast hit Harasta´s department of motor vehicles, where the group had been meeting.
But government forces have made a major push in the area in recent weeks, despite a nationwide ceasefire in force since December 30.
In late December, Turkey and Russia brokered a truce deal that initially saw a decrease in violence in Syria.
But fighting has escalated in recent weeks across the country, including around Damascus and further north in the province of Aleppo.