Syrian forces kill at least 49 rebels near Damascus - monitors

A view of the entrance to a long tunnel discovered by President Bashar al-Assad's loyal forces during clashes with the Free Syrian army fighters in the town of Darya, in Damascus countryside on July 21,2013. (Reuters)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces ambushed rebels in a strategic suburb near the capital Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 49 people, a pro-opposition monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the opposition fighters had been killed near Adra, a town that rebels have been fighting to recapture from Assad's forces. It lies on a route that the rebels had been using to smuggle weapons into Damascus until the army captured it a few months ago.

At least 90,000 people have been killed since the March 2011 uprising against the Syrian regime, according to the United Nations.

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