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Syria army pursues rebels in Damascus suburbs

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Syria army pursues rebels in Damascus suburbs


The focus of the battles in Syria seems to have returned to the outskirts of Damascus as well as continuing in the northern city of Aleppo, where fighting has been waging for weeks.

Opposition activists said at least 62 people had been killed in an assault the suburbs of the capital on Monday, some summarily executed.

Syrian army helicopters have been hitting poor districts on the eastern edges of the city since Sunday.

In the north-west province of Idlib one report quoting opposition activists says at least 13 people were killed in several areas which saw clashes between government soldiers and rebels.

Seven people were reported killed in Hama, shot by the army.

Access to journalists is severely restricted and the reports are difficult to verify.

The UN’s refugee agency says there has been a sudden increase in the number of Syrians fleeing abroad. It warns the number reaching Turkey could top 200,000, with many others heading for Jordan.

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