Report: Syrian troops attack Deraa, battle rebels

AMMAN - Syrian armored forces attacked Deraa on Thursday to try to stamp out Free Syrian Army rebels in the city where the uprising against President Bashar Assad's rule began last March, residents and opposition activists said.
The sound of explosions and machine gun fire echoed through the city's al-Balad, al-Mahatta and al-Sad districts as government troops attacked rebels, who responded by firing at army roadblocks and buildings housing security police and militiamen, they said. Deraa lies on the border with Jordan.
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