July 21, 2013 / 7:54 PM / 4 years ago

Syrian forces kill at least 49 rebels near Damascus: monitors

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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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