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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.
Advance party of UN observers set to begin monitoring adherence to ceasefire amid reports of fighting between rebels, gov't.
By OREN KESSLER AND REUTERS
Saying it cannot protect monitors unless it is involved, gov't also reserves right to refuse them based on their nationality.
In first bombings since tenuous truce takes hold, President Assad's forces attack two central districts in Homs.
Human Rights Watch report details over a dozen incidents of executions of civilians, opposition fighters in broad daylight.
Source says saboteurs set fire to the building, while other activists claim shelling set it ablaze.
Rebels, army clash in north as Homs shelled; activists dismiss April 10 cease-fire pledge; Turkey: UN complicit in oppression.
Violence continues in Homs, other areas, but Damascus says it has upper hand, will withdraw in keeping with UN deal gradually.
Oil in Iranian tanker - destined for China - could bring Assad government $80 million despite Western sanctions.
Veteran dissident, Kurds quit Syria opposition meeting; some groups are wary of Syrian National Council.
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