Syria

Fighting in Damascus Reaching Christian Districts

Clashes between rebels and government forces have been reported in two districts in Damascus for the first time in the uprising

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Fighting between soldiers and rebels broke out on Wednesday for the first time near two Christian districts of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Fighting erupted at dawn on Wednesday on the outskirts of the Bab Tuma and Bab Sharqi neighbourhoods. First indications are that one soldier has been killed," the Britain-based group said in a statement.