Rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have declared Damascus International Airport a battle zone.
Fighting around the capital city has intensified over the past week. Western officials say the situation on the ground as “fast changing.”
Until now the conflict has been mostly confined to the provinces and other cities, but now it is on the threshold of the capital.
Cutting access to the airport 20 km from the city
centre would be a symbolic blow, although the rebels acknowledge the airport itself is still in army hands, they claim to be blockading it from most sides.
An estimated 40,000 people have been killed in the 20-month conflict.
Rebels circle Damascus airport as fighting intensifies