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August 24, 2012 12:00 am

Death Toll Rises in Syria as Damascus Fighting Intensifies

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Members of the Free Syrian Army. Photo: World Defence News.

VOA – Syrian government forces intensified efforts Thursday to seize control of parts of the capital and its surrounding areas from rebel fighters.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the military bombed Daraya, on the edge of Damascus, and nearby Moadamiyeh.  The London-based group also reported house-to-house raids in Daraya and fierce clashes in the Hajar al-Aswad district of Damascus.

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