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Syrian army pounds Damascus suburbs, flights to resume

Published on Dec 3, 2012 5:51 AM
 
A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daria, near Damascus, Nov 30, 2012. Syrian army forces pounded rebel-held suburbs around Damascus with fighter jets and rockets on Sunday, activists said, killing and wounding dozens in an offensive to push rebels away from the airport and stop them closing in on the capital. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (REUTERS) - Syrian army forces pounded rebel-held suburbs around Damascus with fighter jets and rockets on Sunday, activists said, killing and wounding dozens in an offensive to push rebels away from the airport and stop them closing in on the capital.

The army struck hard after a week of rebel advances, including the capture of two military bases near the capital.

Rebels had been planning to push into central Damascus from their strongholds on the outskirts and fighting in the past week has been fierce.

Activists said heavy rocket fire struck towns close to the Damascus airport highway, where rebels and the army were locked in three days of clashes. Some described constant shelling, similar to carpet bombing, in towns like Beit Saham.

 
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