World Bulletin / News Desk
Heavy clashes broke out between rebels and government forces in the Syrian capital Damascusfor the second day running on Monday, forcing hundreds to flee, activists said.
"There are clashes now in Midan and Zahera, two cars were burned," said one activist referring to two districts in Damascus.
Another activist said violence had also broken out in the city's southern district of Tadamon.
Earlier in the morning columns of armoured vehicles were seen on the main road leading to Tadamon.
Activists said Sunday's violence was the heaviest fighting in the capital since the start of the 17-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.
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A garrison loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has held out in the city largely surrounded by the Huthi rebels and their allies who control the capital Sanaa and much of the north.
The building, dating from the early 1960s and including a shopping centre and clothing workshops, had been evacuated, but firefighters were battling the blaze inside and it was not immediately clear if there were casualties.
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