30 Jun '12, 8pm

Syria troops regain key Damascus suburb – Offbeat News

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local activist Mohammed Saeed said regime forces recaptured Douma late Friday. The latest offensive was the worst of several assaults on the area, the Observatory said. “The situation in Douma is catastrophic. The suburb is badly destroyed,” Saeed said via Skype, adding that he was among dozens of residents who fled on foot through the fields to safer areas for fear of being captured by security forces. The state-run SANA news agency reported the government was still pursuing “armed terrorist groups” in its effort to “cleanse” Douma, using its term for the rebels, noting that dozens had been killed and their weapons seized. Central Damascus is an Assad stronghold, but regime forces have battled to control the ring of suburbs and settlements in the surrounding countryside. The army launches frequent offensives in the...

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