Syrian forces kill at least 49 rebels near Damascus: monitors

BEIRUT Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:53pm EDT

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces ambushed rebels in a strategic suburb near the capital Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 49 people, a pro-opposition monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the opposition fighters had been killed near Adra, a town that rebels have been fighting to recapture from Assad's forces. It lies on a route that the rebels had been using to smuggle weapons into Damascus until the army captured it a few months ago.

(Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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