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Monday 23 October 2017
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Syria conflict: Rebels launch fresh Damascus assault

Syria conflict: Rebels launch fresh Damascus assault

Rebels and allied jihadists have launched a new attack in east Damascus, two days after Syrian government forces repelled an initial assault. A rebel official said they had retaken ground in the Jobar district which they gained on Sunday and then lost during fierce clashes.

But state media said the “infiltration attempts” had been foiled and that troops had begun clearing the area. On Monday, warplanes carried out dozens of strikes on nearby rebel-held areas.

Fighting since the weekend has left at least 38 pro-government fighters and 34 rebels and jihadists dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights(BBC,2017)


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