Sources: Army bombs Damascus to halt Syrian rebels

April 16, 2013 01:04


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AMMAN - At least 20 people were killed on Monday in air raids and rocket barrages on opposition strongholds in Damascus to halt a flow of rebel fighters into the capital, activists and opposition military sources said.

The bombardment, which concentrated on the north and east of Damascus and on the nearby suburb of Douma, a rebel stronghold, is among the heaviest in the capital since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began two years ago, they said.

Ten rebels also were killed in fighting in Adra, a contested residential and industrial town between Douma and Damascus where several army and intelligence compounds are located, and in the suburb of Harasta on the main highway north.

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