Thursday, February 7, 2013

Civil War In Syria -- News Updates February 7, 2013

Syrian Rebels Battle Army For Control Of Damascus Districts -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Syrian rebels battled army units for control of districts of Damascus for a second day on Thursday, part of a rebel offensive which aims to shake President Bashar al-Assad's hold on the capital, a rebel captain and opposition activists said.

Units of Assad's elite Republican Guard based on the imposing Qasioun Mountain overlooking the city fired artillery rounds and rockets at the eastern neighborhood of Jobar and at the southern ring road, where rebels have overrun roadblocks and army positions, the sources said.

Assad, battling to crush a 22-month-old uprising in which 60,000 people have died, has lost control of large parts of the country but his forces, backed by air power, have so far kept rebels on the fringes of the capital.

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More News On Syria's Civil War

Syria Live Blog
-- Al Jazeera
Fighting intensifies in Damascus -- CNN
Syria gov't, rebels continue fight for control of Damascus suburbs as war inches towards Assad's seat of power -- CBS/AP
Clashes hit Syrian capital for a second day -- AP
Syrian Rebels, Assad Troops Clash For 2nd Day -- Voice of America
Damascus outskirts 'rocked by heavy fighting' -- Al Jazeera
Syria: Fighting intensifies in Damascus -- Global post
Syrian Troops, Rebels Battle for Control of Damascus -- Voice of America
Damascus clashes rage as troops take central town: NGO -- Global Post/AFP
Syrian army foils rebels' offensive on Damascus: paper -- Xinhuanet
Clashes Erupt in Damascus as Prospects for Syrian Talks Dim -- New York Times
Suicide blasts kill 35 in Homs province -- UPI
Ground War: Syria’s Rebels Prepare to Take a Province from Assad -- Time
Syrian Mother Fighting on the Front Lines -- ABC News
Syrian opposition chief demands regime release women prisoners or he'll scrap offer of talks -- FOX News
Syria opposition wants UN seat -- The Australian
Over half of Syria refugees in Lebanon lack medical care: MSF -- Ahram online
Aid Flows to Rebel-Held Parts of Syria Previously Inaccessible -- New York Times/Reuters
Group urges Lebanon to protect Syrian refugees
-- AP
Nearly 800,000 refugees flee fighting in Syria, US officials say -- FOX News
Dispatch: Syria's Internally Displaced Depend on Handouts -- PBS
Egypt looks to new regional plan on Syria -- Ahram Online
As Syria crumbles, Israel prepares for instability -- Jerusalem Post
Israel Faces Increasing Danger As Assad Weakens -- Business Insider
Syria's Kurds Try to Balance Security and Alliances -- Josh Wood, New York Times
A new phase in the struggle for Syria -- Patrick Seale, Special to Gulf News
Who is really threatening Syria’s stability? -- Abdul Wahab Badrakhan, Al Arabiya
Futility in Syrian peace talks -- Ynet editorial

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