Syria

Syrian Army Pushing Back Against Rebel Gains in Damascus

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 200 people were killed across Syria yesterday

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Syrian government forces bombarded rebel districts near Damascus on Tuesday in a sustained counter-attack to stem rebel gains around President Bashar al-Assad's power base.

The fighting around Damascus has led foreign airlines to suspend flights and prompted the United Nations and European Union to reduce their presence in the capital, adding to a sense that the fight is closing in.