Smoke billows following a reported air strike in the rebel-held parts of the Jobar district, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 20, 2017. / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY
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Syrian government forces Monday regained control of parts of Damascus that were attacked and captured by rebels and militants the previous day, with dozens killed on both sides during the fighting, the military and an activist group said.Control of the district – which has been a battleground for more than two years and is the closest rebel position to the heart of Damascus – is divided between rebels and allied militant on one side and government forces on the other.Earlier Monday, regime forces clashed with rebel groups in an industrial zone between Jobar and Qaboun, a besieged opposition-held district to the north.The clashes killed at least 26 members of the regime forces and 21 rebels and militants, Abdel-Rahman said.Elsewhere, in central Syria, government forces closed the vital Damascus-Aleppo highway because of clashes with Daesh militants nearby.
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