SANA said the rebels were members of the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra or Nusra Front. It added that they included foreign fighters.
Syrian troops have been on the offensive in the past few months in an attempt to clear out Damascus suburbs used by opposition fighters to threaten President Bashar Assad's seat of power.
State-run broadcaster Al-Ikhbariya TV aired footage of bloodied dead men, some in military uniforms. It said they were killed in an ambush as they were on their way to attack an army post near Damascus.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Syrian Government Hits Rebels in Ambush
The Syrian government and at least one outside watch group claims a Syrian army ambush of rebel forces, killing dozens. The Syrian government places the rebels as members of an al Qaeda affiliated group. The attack reportedly killed 62 rebels and no government forces.