Scores killed as rebels battle to break siege of Damascus suburbs




 
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Scores killed as rebels battle to break siege of Damascus suburbs
 
November 24th, 2013  
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Scores killed as rebels battle to break siege of Damascus suburbs
A ferocious battle in the eastern suburbs of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, activists said on Sunday. The fighting began on Friday when rebel units attacked a string of military checkpoints encircling the opposition-held suburbs in an area known as the Eastern Ghouta, which has been under siege for more than six months. The battle has also drawn in hundreds of foreign fighters on both sides, underlining how Syria's civil war has stirred Sunni-Shi'ite sectarian tensions across the region. "It is a ferocious fight between the two sides because it's a struggle over our ultimate fate here," said Bara Abdelrahman, an activist who works with the Islam Army brigades in the area.




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