DAMASCUS, Sept.1 (Xinhua) -- Amid escalating violence between Syrian government troops and rebel forces, this week the international community renewed its call for a peaceful settlement to the crisis.
Suburbs of capital Damascus and the northern province of Aleppo have seen new clashes, as state news agency SANA said government forces launched new operations against insurgent groups.
SANA also reported that the military initiated a "qualitative operation" in eastern part of Aleppo, in which several armed rebels were killed, and 10 trucks equipped with machine guns were destroyed.
As many as 53 Syrians were killed on Friday alone, according to the Local Coordination Committees, an activists' network.
Also on Friday, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced that registered Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey have reached nearly 230,000.
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