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Updated Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 06:23 AM

Activists report new strikes near Syrian capital

The Associated Press

Syrian activists are reporting new clashes and air raids in suburbs of the capital Damascus from which the government is trying to oust rebels.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the suburb of Mleiha was targeted on Tuesday, among other neighborhoods. Activists reported deadly airstrikes that killed dozens of civilians on both Sunday and Monday.

Also Monday, Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said President Bashar Assad will stay in his post until his term ends in 2014, and then run again in elections that year.

Since Syria's crisis began in March 2011, the opposition has said it will not accept anything less than Assad's departure.

The U.N. says at least 60,000 people have been killed in the war and millions have fled their homes.

Shaam News Network
Syrian men run to aid injured people in the aftermath of a strike by Syrian government warplanes on the residential neighborhood of Maadamiyeh south of Damascus, Syria, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. A Syrian airstrike slammed into a house in a rebellious suburb of Damascus early Monday, killing at least a dozen people including eight children, activists said, as President Bashar Assad's regime ramped up its operations against the opposition strongholds ringing the capital.


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