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Syria gov't forces retake Damascus suburbs

02-01-2012 08:36 BJT

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Syrian government forces have reasserted control of the Damascus suburbs after beating back rebels at the gates of the capital.

The development comes amidst a push at the UN for a resolution calling on President Bashar al-Assad to give up power. Activists in eastern districts of Damascus say government troops fired in the air as they advanced into the suburbs. At least 100 people have been killed in the last three days of fighting. Activists are also claiming that the suburbs are now under an unannounced curfew.

Meanwhile, a Syrian official told the Xinhua News Agency that a fresh explosion occurred Tuesday at Basatin Joubar in the central province of Homs, setting a plastic factory on fire.

The blast, the cause of which is still unknown, occurred near an oil pipeline in the area. Earlier in the day, a Syrian state newspaper claimed that armed groups had committed what it described as a "mass massacre" in Homs, warning that anti-government groups had dramatically stepped up their violent operations.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: CNTV.CN

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