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Syrian warplanes strike rebels in Damascus suburbs today



Published: Sun, December 2, 2012 @ 4:45 p.m.

Syrian warplanes strike rebels in Damascus suburbs today

Associated Press

BEIRUT

Syrian warplanes and artillery blasted parts of the capital Damascus and its rebellious suburbs today, part of what activists described as intense fighting as rebels try to push their way into the center of President Bashar Assad’s power base.

In central Syria, a car bomb killed at least 15 people, the official news agency reported.

The fighting over the past few weeks in Damascus is the most serious in the capital since July, when rebels captured several neighborhoods before a swift government counteroffensive swept them out.

The Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighter jets struck twice in the suburb of Daraya as regime artillery pounded other districts just south of Damascus.

The Syrian air force also launched airstrikes on the northern city of Aleppo, some cities in the northern province of Idlib and the Mediterranean city of Latakia, the Observatory said. The group relies on reports from activists on the ground.


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