Sunday, March 19, 2017

Syrian Rebels Launched A Major Offensive On Damascus

Reuters: Syrian forces and rebels fight fierce clashes in northeast Damascus

Syrian rebels launched a major offensive on Sunday that brought them close to the heart of the Old City of Damascus, and government forces responded with intense bombardments of rebel-held areas.

The escalation, reported by witnesses, state TV, rebel sources, and a monitoring group, marked a bid by the rebels to relieve army pressure on besieged areas they control to the east of the capital.

Moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA) and jihadist groups were both involved in the assault on the districts of Jobar and Abbasiyin, some 2 km (1.2 miles) east of the Old City walls.

Syrian state television said the army had repelled an infiltration attempts by the militants and bombarded them with artillery, inflicting heavy losses.

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More News On Syrian Rebels Launching A Major Offensive On Damascus

Syrian government forces beat back surprise rebel assault in Damascus -- DW
Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack -- BBC
Clashes break out in Damascus after a surprise attack -- CNN
Syrian rebels launch surprise attack on Damascus -- The Telegraph
Rebel Attack in Syrian capital Triggers Heavy Fighting with Government Forces -- VOA
Syria War News: Presidential Palace In Damascus Bombarded -- International Business Times
Syria: Rebel-factions launch new offensive near Damascus -- Al Bawaba

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