Armour-backed Syrian troops strike Damascus

Syrian troops backed by armoured vehicles entered the district of Midan in central Damascus to drive out rebels who have secured a foothold at a striking distance from major state installations

Written by Reuters | Amman | Published: July 17, 2012 1:37 am

Syrian troops backed by armoured vehicles entered the district of Midan in central Damascus on Monday to drive out rebels who have secured a foothold at a striking distance from major state installations,neighbourhood activists said.

In the biggest armoured deployment in Damascus in the 17-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad,infantry fighting vehicles deployed along main thoroughfares of Midan,a Sunni Muslim neighbourhood,as the insurgents withdrew to alleyways and sporadic fighting was reported,they said.

Meanwhile,Syria’s ambassador to Morocco has been asked to leave the country,the country’s communications minister Monday. Mustapha Khalfi told The Associated Press that Ambassador Nabih Ismael must leave the country,making Morocco the latest Arab nation to expel its Syrian diplomats.

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