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Rebel and government forces clash in Damascus

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 01:13

July 16 - Videos uploaded to the internet purportedly show clashes between rebels and government forces in various parts of the Syrian capital. Travis Brecher reports.

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The crackle of small arms fire echoes through the streets of the Syrian capital, Damascus. According to activists, violent clashes between rebels and government forces continued for a second day, forcing hundreds to flee the fighting. Syrian troops backed by armoured vehicles were said to have advanced through the city centre, driving out rebels who had secured a foothold within striking distance of major state installations. Video uploaded to a social media website was said to record the fighting in several Damascus neighbourhoods. The latest fighting would be the biggest armoured deployment in Damascus since the beginning of the 17-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Reuters can't independently verify the content of this footage, largely due to severe restrictions on foreign media in Syria. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Rebel and government forces clash in Damascus

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 01:13