BEIRUT: Syrian authorities have removed a number of checkpoints and roadblocks in areas of western Damascus, with the moves attributed to an improved security situation.
State news agency SANA said the measures covered the Mazzeh highway, a main thoroughfare and home to government ministries and foreign embassies, as well as roads leading to the Kfar Souseh and Bab Mousalla roundabouts further east.
A pro-regime Internet outlet, Damas Post, said the measures were a result of an improved security situation.
SANA said the removals would also relieve traffic congestion, which has gripped the capital with the spread of checkpoints.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 03, 2014, on page 8.