20 Mar '17, 1pm

Strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

Strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

Syrian government forces clashed with rebels and hammered opposition-held areas of east Damascus on Monday after pushing back a surprise assault in the capital. Rebels and allied jihadists, led by former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front, launched an attack early Sunday on government positions in east Damascus, initially scoring gains. But forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad drove them back by nightfall and began a fierce bombing campaign on Monday morning, a monitor said. "There have been intense air strikes since dawn on opposition-held positions in Jobar from which the offensive was launched," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He could not specify whether the raids were carried out by Syrian or allied Russian warplanes. Control of the district -- which has been a battleground for more than two years and is the closest re...

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