Syrian forces fight back after rebel surge into capital
Rights group says 550 people killed in the past 24 hours, making it the deadliest two days in the 16-month uprising.
Syrian tank is seen in Damascus Photo: REUTERS / Handout
BAB AL-HAWA, Syria/AMMAN - Syrian government forces pounded rebels in Damascus overnight, battling to reverse opposition gains in the aftermath of the assassination of President Bashar Assad's security chiefs. Army helicopters and tanks aimed rockets, machine guns and mortars at pockets of rebel fighters who have infiltrated the capital this week in an operation they call "Damascus Volcano." Lightly-armed fighters have been moving through the streets on foot and attacking security installations and roadblocks.
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