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Clashes escalate around Damascus

Syrian rebels took al-Dukhaniyya last week in a bid to open supply routes to the front line in Jobar.
A mortar shell is seen among debris after six mortar bombs landed in the Jaramana district of southeast Damascus October 31, 2013, in this handout picture released by Syria's national news agency SANA. The mortar bombs killed at least two people and wounded fifteen on Thursday when they exploded on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ON
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DAMASCUS, Syria — Clashes have escalated around Damascus in the last week after rebel forces ignited fronts south and east of the city, ending a lengthy period of calm for the capital.

Rebel mortar shells rained in the center of Damascus, with 12 shells simultaneously striking several areas of the city on Sept. 16. One rocket hit the Seven Lakes Square near the central bank, and others hit the neighboring Arnous Square, Shaalan neighborhood and al-Rawda Street. The rockets resulted in a number of injuries among civilians, but no reports of deaths. Eyewitnesses also said they heard three simultaneous explosions in Mezzeh 86.

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