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Deadly fighting near Damascus, Syria border town bombed
by Staff Writers
Beirut (AFP) Nov 13, 2012


Syrian opposition leader calls for arming of rebels
Cairo (AFP) Nov 13, 2012 - The leader of Syria's new main opposition coalition called on world powers on Tuesday to arm rebels with "specialised weapons" as European Union and Arab League ministers met in Cairo.

Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib told AFP rebels desperately needed arms if they were to "cut short the suffering of the Syrians and their bloodshed."

"We need specialised weapons," he added, without elaborating.

Khatib also said his organisation, formed on Sunday after marathon meetings in Qatar, was representative of most opposition groups, even as European countries and the Arab League fell short of recognising it as a government in exile.

"Many groups have joined. Some have reservations, and we are in touch with everyone. The vast majority has joined. It is the strongest coalition and represents Syria internally," he said in a telephone interview in Cairo.

Earlier on Tuesday, Khatib met French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at a Cairo hotel.

Fabius and EU chief Catherine Ashton have expressed support for his National Coalition but have not given it the recognition it had hoped for, a move that could facilitate more aid to the rebels.

Khatib said the Syrian people were "facing bombardment from Bashar (al-Assad's) warplanes" and needed "specialised weapons" to win, but declined to specify the nature of the arms, which he said a newly formed military council would outline.

"We want the international community to light a candle in the dark tunnel in which the tyrant Bashar has thrust his people," he said of military aid to the rebels.

A continuation of the conflict, he added, "could explode the entire region. It may create bigger and more dangerous consequences."

Fierce battles and army shelling in and near Damascus on Tuesday killed at least 41 people, mostly civilians, a watchdog said, as warplanes launched more air raids on a town on the Turkish border.

A car bomb, meanwhile, struck the town of Ain al-Fijeh, west of the capital, "injuring a number of people and causing widespread material damage," said Syrian state television.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the car bomb, but neither source gave details on casualties.

Fighting in the Eastern Ghuta area, east of the capital, cost the lives of at least 10 soldiers and a rebel, after rebel forces attacked public buildings in the area, the Syrian Observatory said.

The army used tanks to shell several towns east of Damascus, including Harasta, Zabadani and Irbin, killing at least seven civilians including an unknown number of women and children, the Observatory said.

In the capital itself, fighting broke out in the southern district of Tadamun, scene of intermittent clashes since mid-summer, state television and the Observatory said.

"Several army units are fighting with armed terrorist groups near the Othman mosque in the neighbourhood of Tadamun," said state television.

The Syrian Observatory also reported fresh air raids on Ras al-Ain, in northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey, and said 1,000 government troops had been sent to the town.

Air strikes have sent a new wave of civilians pouring into Turkey, adding to the 9,000 refugees who fled late last week when rebels overran the town, an AFP photographer said.

"Ras al-Ain is deserted now, it is a ghost town," said the Observatory.

In other violence, the army shelled rebel positions in the southern province of Daraa, in the central province of Homs, in Idlib in the northwest and in the northern city of Aleppo, said the Observatory.

At least 63 people were killed on Tuesday across Syria -- 29 civilians, 11 soldiers and 23 rebels -- said the Observatory, which relies for its information on a network of activists, lawyers and medics.

Among those killed was Abdel Razzaq al-Yusef a transport official assassinated by unidentified armed men in the northwestern province of Idlib, said the Observatory.

The watchdog has given an overall death toll of more than 37,000 since the anti-regime revolt broke out in March 2011.

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