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Assad's forces, rebels clash in southern border city
March 14, 2012 / 7:02 AM / 6 years ago

Assad's forces, rebels clash in southern border city

AMMAN (Reuters) - Heavily armed forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fought on Wednesday with rebels controlling a main district of the southern city of Deraa on the border with Jordan, opposition activists said.

Around 20 tanks and armoured vehicles surrounded the al-Balad area of city, which is right on the border, and fired anti-aircraft guns into buildings, activist Rami Abdelhaq told Reuters by phone from Deraa, where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began a year ago.

Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; editing by Crispian Balmer

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