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Syria troops, opposition clash in Damascus suburbs
Clashes between Syrian troops, opposition fighters reported near Damascus ahead of truce
By The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) ' Syrian activists say regime forces are clashing with opposition fighters in three suburbs of the capital Damascus, less than a week before an internationally sponsored cease-fire is to go into effect.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian troops conducted raids Friday in the Damascus suburbs of Saqba and Douma following overnight clashes between regime forces and army defectors in Saqba and the suburb of Arbeen. It says three members of the military were killed.

Activists say troops have set a home in Saqba on fire.



UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that Syria fighting is escalating. Opposition activists say the regime is trying to gain ground before the cease-fire, which is to go into effect Tuesday.


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