Syrian troops seize Damascus neighborhood

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Syrian troops seize Damascus neighborhood

Syrian state-run TV says government troops have recovered full control of a rebellious neighborhood in the capital Damascus.

By (AP)

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Published: Fri 20 Jul 2012, 1:58 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:39 PM

The opposition confirms the move, with the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights saying regime forces backed by tanks entered the Midan district.

Damascus activist Khaled Al Shami, contacted by the Associated Press via the Internet, says rebels carried out a “tactical” retreat early Friday to spare civilians further shelling after five days of intense clashes between opposition fighters and regime forces.

The fighting in Midan and several other districts turned parts of Damascus into combat zones this past week, with violence in the capital reaching its fiercest in an uprising now into its 17th month. The fighting sent thousands of Syrians streaming across the border into Lebanon Thursday.

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