Syrian Army Retakes Damascus Suburbs
15:30 30/01/2012 DAMASCUS, January 30 (RIA Novosti) - 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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