The main district of the Syrian capital Damascus has been under heavy fighting between opposition fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
Heavy machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades echoed through the night from the western neighbourhood of al-Mezzeh. One of the most heavily guarded areas of the capital, the Syrian state television informed that three “terrorists” and a member of the government security forces perished during the attacks.
Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) stated that 18 troops were wounded in the crossfire.
Several high-ranking officials live in al-Mezzeh, the UN headquarters is also located there as well as embassies and their ambassadors. The latest fighting comes a day after a car bomb in the city of Aleppo, killed three people died, according to SOHR. (AV)