U.N. observers leave Syria as fighting erupts in Damascus suburbs
Posted by satyrikon στο Αύγουστος 20, 2012
BEIRUT — U.N. military observers departed Damascus on Monday after a four-month mission in which they became helpless spectators of Syria’s conflict, and activists said government forces launched air strikes near the capital that killed two dozen people.
Helicopter gunships attacked Mouadamiya and Daraya, suburbs south of Damascus, activists and residents said, giving casualty tolls that could not be independently verified.
«It seems they suspected that there were rebels in the area,» said an activist in Daraya, speaking on condition of anonymity. Gunships also appeared to hit targets in the western Damascus district of Kfar Souseh, a housewife said by phone.
Video footage posted on YouTube showed no movement in the streets of Mouadamiya, with the silence broken by the sound of shelling. Control of the area has changed hands several times, as have many other places in a war with no clear front lines.
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