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At least 11 killed in Damascus suburb, activists say

Last modified: 11 Aug 2012 23:23

At least 11 people were killed in fierce fighting that broke out in a Damascus suburb on Saturday when Syrian forces mounted an armoured attack to try and regain the area from rebels, opposition activists said.

After three days of heavy army shelling and helicopter bombardment, tanks and armoured carriers advanced on the conservative Sunni Muslim suburb of al-Tel on the northern edge
of Damascus but were repelled by the rebels, two activists in the suburb said by telephone.

With restrictions imposed by Syrian authorities on independent media, it was difficult to verify the activists' account.