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Report: Rebels and security forces exchange gunfire after Damascus car bomb

Last modified: 8 Apr 2013 18:46

Al Jazeera's Rula Amin, reporting from Beirut, Lebanon, said that following today's car bomb attack in central Damascus, there was an exchange of gunfire:

"The rebels had been hiding in some of the buildings. When the security forces arrived after the explosion, they started firing at them, and that's when the gun battles erupted.

It's a major attack because despite the heavy security measures that the government had put in place to prevent such attacks, the rebels were able to penetrate it. In the past few days. the government had been launching its own pre-emptive attacks against rebel strongholds, and against what they consider strategic  points around the capital.

For the rebels, it's very crucial to take over the capital. Until they do that, until they are able to be inside the capital, and take it over, they won't have that decisive military victory they are seeking."