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Syrian army batters parts of Damascus, 40 killed

Khaled Yacoub Oweis
Reuters [1]
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian army shells crashed into southern Damascus on Wednesday and helicopters fired rockets and machineguns during an assault to shore up President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on the capital, opposition activists said.

They said at least 40 people had been killed in what they called the heaviest bombardment this month.

“The whole of Damascus is shaking with the sound of shelling,” said a woman in Kfar Souseh, one of several districts hit during the military offensive to root out rebel fighters.

At least 22 people were killed in Kfar Souseh and 18 in the nearby district of Nahr Eisha, activists said.

“There are 22 tanks in Kfar Souseh now and behind each one there are at least 30 soldiers. They are raiding houses and executing men,” an opposition activist in Kfar Souseh, who gave his name only as Bassam, told Reuters by Skype.

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