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Syrian rebels fight close to heart of Damascus

A man stands in an empty street near a burning building hit by a mortar shell fired by Syrian Army soldiers, in the Zamalka neighbourhood of Damascus February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man stands in an empty street near a burning building hit by a mortar shell fired by Syrian Army soldiers, in the Zamalka neighbourhood of Damascus February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man stands in an empty street near a burning building hit by a mortar shell fired by Syrian Army soldiers, in the Zamalka neighbourhood of Damascus February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Free Syrian Army fighter gestures in an empty street in front of a burning building hit by a mortar shell fired by Syrian Army soldiers in the Zamalka neighbourhood of Damascus February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Free Syrian Army fighter gestures in an empty street in front of a burning building hit by a mortar shell fired by Syrian Army soldiers in the Zamalka neighbourhood of Damascus February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Free Syrian Army fighter gestures in an empty street in front of a burning building hit by a mortar shell fired by Syrian Army soldiers in the Zamalka neighbourhood of Damascus February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A part of Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus is seen at night, February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A part of Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus is seen at night, February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A part of Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus is seen at night, February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A man tries to extinguish a fire from a balcony in a burning building hit by a mortar shell fired by Syrian Army soldiers, in the Zamalka neighbourhood of Damascus February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man tries to extinguish a fire from a balcony in a burning building hit by a mortar shell fired by Syrian Army soldiers, in the Zamalka neighbourhood of Damascus February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man tries to extinguish a fire from a balcony in a burning building hit by a mortar shell fired by Syrian Army soldiers, in the Zamalka neighbourhood of Damascus February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A member of the Free Syrian Army points his weapon through a hole in a wall as he takes up a defense position in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/ Fadi Al-Derani /Shaam News Network

A member of the Free Syrian Army points his weapon through a hole in a wall as he takes up a defense position in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/ Fadi Al-Derani /Shaam News Network

A member of the Free Syrian Army points his weapon through a hole in a wall as he takes up a defense position in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/ Fadi Al-Derani /Shaam News Network
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A view of damaged buildings after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

A view of damaged buildings after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

A view of damaged buildings after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network
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Members of the Free Syrian Army walk with their weapons on a street in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

Members of the Free Syrian Army walk with their weapons on a street in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

Members of the Free Syrian Army walk with their weapons on a street in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network
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A view of rubble and damaged buildings after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

A view of rubble and damaged buildings after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

A view of rubble and damaged buildings after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network
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A view of rubble and damaged buildings in Daraya after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

A view of rubble and damaged buildings in Daraya after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News...more

A view of rubble and damaged buildings in Daraya after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network
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A member of the Free Syrian Army sits on a pick-up truck in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

A member of the Free Syrian Army sits on a pick-up truck in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

A member of the Free Syrian Army sits on a pick-up truck in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network
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A collapsed building is pictured in one of the neighbourhoods damaged after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

A collapsed building is pictured in one of the neighbourhoods damaged after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi...more

A collapsed building is pictured in one of the neighbourhoods damaged after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network
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A cat walks in areas damaged after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

A cat walks in areas damaged after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network

A cat walks in areas damaged after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya February 4, 2013, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network
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Boys warm up next to a fire outside a building in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Boys warm up next to a fire outside a building in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Boys warm up next to a fire outside a building in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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