The Syrian army advanced in the central city of Homs Friday, pro-government Al-Mayadeen television reported.
The government forces seized several buildings in Wadi Al-Sayeh, including St. George church, the television said.
This came as a car bomb in Homs killed 10 people after Friday prayers, the television said..
The blast occurred in front of Bilal Al-Habshi in Akrama neighborhood.
Thursday, members of the U.N. Security Council expressed concern over the plight of civilians caught in the fighting in Old Homs, Joy Ogwu the council’s president said, urging “the immediate implementation” of a February resolution to improve humanitarian access in Syria.
Syrian troops also foiled an attack by militants against one of the largest military barracks in the country, in northern Aleppo.
The army soldiers on Thursday also killed at least 20 al-Qaeda-linked militants, including a commander, during the operation.
ISIL accuses al-Qaeda of betrayal
Meanwhile, a powerful rival organization has accused al-Qaeda leaders of betraying the jihadist cause, in the latest widening of divisions rooted in Syria's civil war.
"Al-Qaeda today is no longer a base of jihad," Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said in a statement posted on jihadist forums, according to AFP.
"Its leadership has become a hammer to break the project of the Islamic State," Adnani said, adding that "the leaders of al-Qaeda have deviated from the correct path."
"They have divided the ranks of the mujahideen (holy warriors) in every place," he said.
Powerful rebel groups in Syria, including al-Qaeda's designated affiliate al-Nusra Front, have been locked in fierce fighting with ISIL since January that has killed thousands of fighters.
ISIL was initially welcomed by other rebels, who have been fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2011, but allegations of brutal abuses against rival opposition fighters in a bid to capture territory sparked a backlash.
Both al-Nusra and ISIL have roots in al-Qaeda's onetime Iraqi affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq.
But the two have never merged, with al-Nusra's leader rejecting a union proposed by ISIL, and al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri urging ISIL to return to Iraq after its fighters moved into Syria.
British teen killed in Syria
In another development, a British teenager whose uncle was detained in the Guantanamo Bay camp has been killed in the Syrian conflict, his family said on Friday.
Abdullah Deghayes, 18, died earlier this month although the circumstances of his death are unclear, AFP reported.
The teenager from Brighton in southeast England is the nephew of Omar Deghayes who was held by the United States as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo between 2002 and 2007 after he was arrested in Pakistan.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking into it."
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