Syria: clashes continue in Idlib province
Earlier, the rebels had taken control over Khan Sheikhun and Al-Rastan in the Homs governorate.
The security forces had searched the mostly Kurdish area Berzi outside Damascus, which is said to be one of the most restive districts.
Government forces had entered the city of Harran Al Awamid in Dimashq, where groups of rebels had also been spotted.
The local authorities say that in the past 11 months, more than 2,000 soldiers and policemen have died in clashes with the armed opposition.