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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Syrian Rebels 'Launch Attack Near Govt HQ

Clashes have been reported near the Syrian government headquarters after rebels attacked forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad - a day after three of his top aides were killed in a bomb blast.

At least one person was believed to have died in the latest fighting in the Ikhlas neighbourhood next to the Council of Ministers, a huge complex, and a Damascus University campus, activists and residents said.

Mr Assad's forces have deployed armoured vehicles and increased roadblocks across the capital.

More than 200 people were thought to have died in a day of violence in the country on Wednesday.

It comes as the president is in the coastal city of Latakia, directing how his regime responds to the bomb attack, according to opposition sources and a Western diplomat. Read More