BEIRUT - Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad killed six soldiers in the southern province of Deraa on Saturday and at least eight others in clashes on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, a monitoring group reported.
"There were heavy clashes between Syrian forces and fighters from the opposition in (Deraa)... resulting in the death of at least 6 Syrian troops," the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement.
"At dawn, there were violent clashes in al-Ghouta (near Damascus), killing at least eight Syrian troops," it added.
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