Syrian forces kill 25 in Damascus suburbs-activists

By REUTERS
January 30, 2012 22:31

AMMAN - Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad killed at least 25 people on Monday as they battled their way deep into eastern suburbs of Damascus to seize them back from rebels, activists said from the edge of the sprawling capital.

The death toll comprised 19 civilians, mostly killed in tank and mortar bombardment, and six members of the Syrian Free Army, they said.

The Syrian Free Army is a loosely grouped organization of army defectors who have turned against Assad and joined a mass protest movement against his 11 year rule.


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