Gov­ern­ment forces bat­ter rebel dis­tricts near cap­i­tal

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BEIRUT | Syr­ian troops in­ten­si­fied their bom­bard­ment of op­po­si­tion-held ar­eas around Da­m­as­cus on Mon­day and be­sieged a rebel neigh­bor­hood north­east of the city, the lat­est in the gov­ern­ment’s push to erase bat­tle­field ad­vances made by in­sur­gents in March.

Airstrikes on the rebel-held Da­m­as­cus sub­urb of Douma killed at least 16 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights. The gov­ern­ment’s siege of the Barzeh neigh­bor­hood came as Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s forces work to ex­pand their se­cu­rity belt around Da­m­as­cus, his seat of power. Af­ter hours of fight­ing un­der the cover of airstrikes and in­tense bom­bard­ment, gov­ern­ment forces and their al­lies cap­tured Hafez Road, iso­lat­ing key dis­tricts still in rebel hands.

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