Agence France-PresseApril 14, 2014 10:51
Syrian troops retook the ancient Christian town of Maalula from rebels Monday, a day after President Bashar al-Assad said the three-year old civil war was turning in his favour.
"The army has taken full control of Maalula and restored security and stability. Terrorism has been defeated in Qalamun," a security official told AFP, referring to the region in which Maalula is located.
An AFP journalist in Maalula said the Al-Safir hotel, which rebels had been using as a base, was almost completely destroyed, with a facade that gave on to a cliff having collapsed.