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    The Syrian army cleared eastern suburbs of Damascus from rebels and restored control of the area, the Al Watan daily reported on Monday.

    The Syrian army cleared eastern suburbs of Damascus from rebels and restored control of the area, the Al Watan daily reported on Monday.

    The Army is delivering “surgical strikes” in a mopping up operation to remove the remaining opposition fighters who are using residential areas and house roofs as shelter.

    Government media said "terrorists" had blown up a gas pipeline in the central province of Homs, causing a leak of about 460,000 cubic meters of gas.

    The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday’s fighting killed 66 people, including 26 civilians.

    At least 5,400 people have been killed in the government's 10-month crackdown on protesters, according to the UN. Syrian authorities blame the violence on armed gangs affiliated with al-Qaeda and say more than 2,000 soldiers and police have been killed.

     

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