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Aftermath in Damascus

Saturday, August 04, 2012 - 01:31

Aug 3- Amateur video shows the aftermath of shelling in Damascus as Syrian forces storm the last rebel strongholds in the capital. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Aftermath in Damascus. Amateur video which could not be independently verified by Reuters shows the war torn streets of a Damascus neighborhood once held by rebels. Activists say most of the district is now under control of government forces. The fighting in Syria's two main cities has intensified the conflict over the past three weeks. U.N. member states voted overwhelmingly to condemn the Syrian government at a special session of the General Assembly Friday. Western diplomats say the vote highlighted the isolation of Russia and China, who have supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. More footage, uploaded to Bambuser shows rebel fighters roaming the streets. Two weeks ago, the fighting reached the streets of Damascus in an operation the rebels called "Damascus volcano". But the Syrian army launched a major counter-offensive, recapturing most districts the rebels had seized. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Aftermath in Damascus

Saturday, August 04, 2012 - 01:31