Syria troops advance in Homs, bombard outskirts of Damascus

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A series of strikes on the outskirts of Damascus were launched by Syrian warplanes on Saturday, as regime troops also advanced in parts of the rebel-held city of Homs.

“Warplanes carried out several air strikes on the edges of Assali (in the south) and Qaboon (east),” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP news agency, referring to areas on the outskirts of Damascus.

Air strikes also targeted other rebel areas east of Damascus, among them insurgent bastion Zamalka, said the group, according to AFP.

Meanwhile, Syrian state media said regime troops are advancing in parts of Homs and that they had killed rebels in the area, The Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, Homs-based activist Tarik Badrakhan told AP that Syrian troops seized control of buildings in the rebel-held district of Khaldiyeh.

This was reportedly the first time government forces entered Homs neighborhoods held by rebels for over a year.

The army “intensely shelled” Khaldiyeh Saturday, said the Syrian Revolution General Commission, a grassroots network of activists.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria’s 27-month war, says the Observatory.

(With AFP and AP)

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