Syrian security forces have arrested a member of armed terrorist groups while trying to plant an explosive device in a residential area of the western city of Hama.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the arrest was made in the Qussour neighborhood of the city on Sunday.

The explosive device was defused and there were no injuries or damage.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both in favor of and against President Bashar al-Assad.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, saying it is being orchestrated from abroad.

On Saturday, security forces clashed with armed terrorist gangs in the Khan Sheikhon district of the northwestern city of Idlib, arresting a number of the terrorists.

Confessions by a number of Syrian rebels about foreign-sponsored plans to carry out armed activities and killing ordinary people as well as security forces prove that recent developments in the country are parts of an attempt to start a revolt in order to overthrow the current government and replace it with a US-backed regime.

However, a resolution adopted by the Arab League against Syria has increased the unity of Syrian people. Figures show that during the past weeks, about 12 million people have demonstrated in support of President Assad.

On November 27, the Arab League approved unprecedented sanctions against Syria, including a freeze on assets possessed by the Syrian government and an embargo on investments for projects in the country.

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