Shelling and Fighting in Damascus

More government forces and tanks were deployed in areas inside and around Damascus following the violence, activists said. Street to street battles were taking place across the city, sources told Al Jazeera. …

Syrian army artillery shelled the Damascus district of Mezze and Mouadamiya suburb on Wednesday,in an escalation of attacks against areas where rebels operate,after a deadly blast that killed three top military officials, activists said. …

Syrian army helicopters fired machineguns and in some cases rockets at several residential districts of Damascus as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces fought rebels across the capital on Wednesday, residents and activists said. They said helicopters fired rockets at the central Midan district, the suburb of Kfar Batna and at the Palestinian Yarmouk camp on the southern edge of the capital, adding that helicopter mounted machineguns were used against the nearby district of Hajar al-Aswad and the neighbourhood of Jobar, which is adjacent to main Abbaside Square. …

Al Jazeera Arabic reports: the Syrian air force have raided Alhager Alaswad neighborhood in Damascus. …

Activist say the main highway leading to International Damascus Airport is Closed. …

Local Coordination Committees in Syria report intense gunfire was heard in the vicinity of Baghdad street
and Abasiyeen in the center of the capital Damascus. …

– Jazeera

http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/07/syria-blast-strikes-at-heart-of-assads-rule/

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