Syrian rebels start 'liberate Damascus' operation

By REUTERS
July 17, 2012 21:27

BEIRUT - Rebels will intensify attacks inside the Syrian capital and target sensitive security installations in what they call an operation to "liberate Damascus", a rebel commander said on Tuesday, after three days of fierce fighting in the city.

Colonel Qassem Saadeddine, spokesman of the joint command of the Free Syrian Army inside Syria, told Reuters via Skype that many fighters arrived in Damascus from several provinces 10 days ago to take part in the operation and more would be sent soon.

"There is no going back. The Damascus battle has priority for us. We have started the operation to liberate Damascus," Saadeddine said, adding the rebels had called their operation "Damascus volcano and Syrian earthquake".

For three days rebels and government troops have clashed in the streets of Damascus in the fiercest fighting in the capital since the revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad erupted last year, but neither side seems to able to deliver a decisive blow.


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