Troops backed by armored vehicles enter Damascus district

By REUTERS
July 16, 2012 13:01

 
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AMMAN - Syrian troops backed by armored vehicles entered on Monday the district of Midan in central Damascus to drive out rebels who have secured a foothold at a striking distance from major state installations, neighborhood activists said.

In the biggest armored deployment in Damascus in the 17-month uprising against President Bashar Assad, infantry fighting vehicles took positions along the main thoroughfares of Midan, a strategic Sunni Muslim neighborhood, as rebels withdrew to alleyways and sporadic fighting was reported, they said.

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