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Borgerkrigen i Syria manifesterer seg i kamper inne i selve hovedstaden. I natt brøt det ut kamper mellom sikkerhetsstyrker og desertører i et område av Damaskus hvor utenriksdepartementet ligger, melder AP.

The Local Coordination Committees and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the clashes took place in Kfar Souseh early Sunday morning but there were no immediate reports of casualties. The district is a high security area, housing the Foreign Ministry and several security and intelligence agencies. It has also been the scene of frequent anti-Assad demonstrations since the uprising began.

“Violent clashes broke out between rebel fighters and regime troops at a checkpoint in Kfar Souseh district,” the Observatory said in a statement. Both the Observatory and LCC said explosions and gunfire were also heard in several other neighborhoods of Damascus.

Det er et tegn på at opprøret sprer seg og at motstanden blir sterkere.

Opprørerne hevder å ha gjennomført et dristig angrep som drepte flere ledende øvrighetspersoner.

Also Sunday, Syrian rebels claimed in an Internet statement that they carried out a sophisticated attack that killed top political and security officials meeting in the capital. The posting claimed those killed included Maj. Gen. Assef Shawkat, the deputy chief of staff for security affairs; Defense Minister Dawoud Rajha; Interior Minister Mohammad al-Shaar and former defense minister, Hassan Turkmani.

Al-Shaar denied the reports in a phone call to state-run Syrian TV, saying they were “laughable.”

“I am speaking to you from my office at the interior ministry,” he said.

Turkmani also called the station and said the reports were proof of “media bankruptcy.”

“My colleagues and I are well and carrying out our duty to serve the country … these are blatant lies,” he said. The station later interviewed Turkmani in his office, denying the claims.

Syrian officials rarely respond to claims and statements issued by the opposition and their quick denials on Sunday were unusual.

Opposition groups report clashes in Syrian capital; top officials deny assassination claims