Residents of Syria's Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, gather near destroyed buildings to collect aid food on July 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO/RAMI AL-SAYED
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Eastern neighborhoods of Damascus were hit Tuesday by the fiercest fighting in months between rebels and pro-regime forces, as a new chapter of rebel in-fighting broke out in the country's northwest.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based anti-regime group, said the air force pounded rebel areas of the eastern neighborhood of Jobar, as opposition fighters launched mortar bombs into army-held parts of Damascus, wounding 18 people. "Starting at dawn Tuesday, Jobar saw the fiercest fighting in months, coupled with intense aerial bombardment," said Observatory Director Rami Abdel-Rahman. The air force carried out at least nine strikes on the neighborhood, he said, adding rebels were fighting troops backed by pro-regime militias. Eastern Ghouta, used as a rear base by rebels, has been under army siege for more than a year.In recent weeks, rebels in southern Damascus have also been fighting ISIS after expelling it from four towns in eastern Ghouta.
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