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Clashes in upmarket Damascus.

GUN battles between security forces and rebels broke out yesterday in an upmarket Damascus district home to embassies and senior government officials.

It was one of the most serious confrontations in the tightly-controlled capital since the anti-government uprising began a year ago. At least three people were killed.

The clash was a show of force by the opposition fighters, who recently suffered several major setbacks when they were driven out of strongholds in Idlib and Homs.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 18 government troops were wounded. It described the clashes "as the most violent of its kind and closest to security centres in Damascus since the revolution began".
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Mar 20, 2012
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