Syrian national television has shown graphic pictures of the aftermath of a Syrian army ambush including bodies of what a pro-opposition Human Rights group said were 62 rebel fighters.
The state news agency Sana said machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades were confiscated after the dawn killings.
The attack happened in Adra, east of Damascus. It’s claimed the rebels were members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.
The ambush followed a bomb attack in the south eastern district of Jaramana in which at least 18 were killed. News reports said women and children were among the dead in the blast which happened on Tuesday evening.
It is not clear who was behind the explosion. Damascus residents claim the district is controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. More than 100,000 people have died in Syria’s civil war and millions have been displaced.