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Airstrikes and active air defense across Damascus into the mountains near Lebanon and near Homs 160 km to the north awoke Syrians after midnight in the first hours of Monday.
Explosions were heard in Damascus on Sunday night. According to local reports, the target is the al-Mezzeh airbase, which has been hit by several alleged Israeli airstrikes in the past.
This is a developing story.
World body's commission of inquiry on Syria says mass killings have 'taken on sectarian overtones'
Syrian Sunni Muslim rebels launch counter-offensive to ease an army siege on their strongholds, opposition sources say.
Opposition accuses militia loyal to President Assad of killing 200 Sunni civilians in massacres over last two weeks; 20 killed on Saturday.
Syrian army shoots, stabs 106 people, including women, children in Homas; over 80 killed by twin explosions at Aleppo university.
Envoy Brahimi, Syrian president discuss conflict; opposition frustrated over mission following killing of dozens in Halfaya.
Two rebels killed and 10 wounded in village south of Homs, where they besieged a compound guarding a tank facility.
"It should not take something as drastic as Srebrenica to shake the world into taking serious action," Navi Pillay tells reporters.
Sources say divided rebels, responding to foreign pressure, agree to set up joint leadership in efforts to overthrow Assad.
Move widens rifts with some Syrian rebel groups; arguments over weapons ensue despite common foe of Syrian president.
A defense of Bashar Assad paints him as a victim of a corrupt and repressive environment.
By GLENN C, ALTSCHULER
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