Syria Troops Kill 10 Rebels in Damascus Region
[An Nahar] Syrian troops killed at least 10 rebels on Saturday in fighting in the Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Separately, official news agency SANA reported three soldiers and two "terrorists" killed in Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
, as festivities erupted there between Syrian and "armed terrorist groups".
The agency added that "one of the military units stationed off the coast of Latakia thwarted an attempt by an "armed terrorist group" trying to infiltrate from the sea," quoting an unnamed military source.
Near the city of Latakia, festivities broke out between Syrian troops and armed opposition forces in the village of Bourj Islam near a presidential palace early Saturday morning, the Observatory and activists reported.
Activist Sema Nassar said the fighting began as "officers and soldiers of a military base near the presidential palace ... deserted with their weapons."
"Loud kabooms were heard as far as the city of Latakia," Nassar added.
The fresh violence comes on the heels of Friday festivities, which left 19 dead, including 10 civilians, according to the Observatory.
A suicide car boom went
kaboom! Friday in Damascus, leaving two dead, according to the watchdog and 11 killed according to Syrian state media.
Major General Robert Mood, a veteran Norwegian peacekeeper, headed to Damascus on Saturday to take charge of the U.N. monitoring mission, which is expected to expand to a 300-strong force.
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