AMMAN - An attack by army defectors on a major intelligence complex in a Damascus suburb left 20 security police dead or wounded, prompting retaliation by security forces on the neighborhood, residents and opposition sources said on Thursday.
Wednesday's attack on an Air Force Intelligence complex in Harasta was the first on a major security target in the eight month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, indicating that fighting could be spreading to Syria's centers of power.
"The defectors used rocket-propelled grenades and machine-guns and managed to inflict casualties on those who were within the ... outer wall," said an operative involved in supplying the defectors.
There was no confirmation of the attack from authorities. Syria's ban on most foreign media makes it hard to verify reports of events on the ground from activists or officials.