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Syria: Explosions & Clashes as Army confront Rebels

(Dp-news) SYRIA- Syrian forces threatened to mount a "decisive battle" for Aleppo as militiamen, in the capital Damascus, appeared to step up guerrilla-like forays in central districts that were once firmly in the regime's hands, Press Reports said Sunday.

The opposition UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that more than 40 Syrians, including 25 civilians, were confirmed as killed Sunday across the country. The group also said more than 24 others were killed a day earlier.

The country's biggest cities have become a key battleground in the nearly year and a half uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, as government forces reportedly mass ahead of what is expected to be a strong offensive against the rebels.



The twin fronts, Damascus & Aleppo, reflected the rising stakes for both sides and a possible significant evolution in rebel strategies. Opposition forces appear to be shifting toward more hit-and-run strikes in Damascus and elsewhere to tie up President Bashar al-Assad's forces and blur the lines between rebel and government-held territory.



Syria's official news agency SANA described the Aleppo rebels as "Gulf and Turkish militias", at what press reports indicated as evidence of the deep regional fissures between Preisdent al-Assad and allies such as Iran on one side and nations that back the rebels on the other.



The Syrian government also claimed Sunday that it had regained full authority over Damascus after driving out rebels from central districts including near Abbassiyyin Square, a major roundabout. But residents reported international press that loud explosions and gunfire echoing from several areas of the capital overnight and early Sunday.



In Damascus, regime forces raided the district of Qaboon on Sunday, arresting several civilians, adding that one of the detainees was a 12-year-old boy, AFP reported.

After clashes with rebels in Rokn Eddin on Saturday, the military set up new checkpoints in the neighborhood of Damascus and in several other parts of the capital, AFP added.



Elsewhere in the province of Damascus & also according to AFP report, clashes broke out in Kfar Batna as regime forces shelled that village. The army also shelled Harasta, in the same province.



At al-Rastan in the central province of Homs, regime forces pounded rebel positions, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.



As usual, Press reports abroad added that it is impossible to independently verify death tolls out of Syria, while the United Nations has stopped giving its own count.



Syria`s official media, in turn, reported Sunday clashes and explosions in al-Qseir in Homs, Hama and Daraa, along with the capital Damascus and Damascus.



Syria blames the clashes and crisis “foreign conspiracy that aims to destabilize civil peaceful situation in the country”. It also claimed foreign-funded “Armed Terrorist Groups” responsibility for incidents inside the country.
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The Syrian Government is right
Shaul Azamian            8/12/2012 5:02:07 AM
The situation in Syruia deteriorated ,due to foreign meddling in Syrian affairs, , blame USA&NATO allies, inc. specifically Turkey that murderous nation that murdered Armenians, and Kurdis, Turkey which is USA And NATO Allies is the Local NAZIS!
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syria
amanzii            8/6/2012 1:59:01 AM
sad terrifying horor discrase to a humen race
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