10 Syrian rebels killed in Damascus fighting

View through damaged windscreen after an attack in Syria. [ABC]
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View through damaged windscreen after an attack in Syria. [ABC]

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Created: 28/04/2012

Last Updated: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:40:00 +1000

Syrian troops killed at least 10 rebels on Saturday in fighting in the Damascus region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Earlier, the Britain-based watchdog spoke of fighting near a presidential palace in the coastal Latakia region, but gave no immediate details of any casualties.

Ten civilians were among 14 people killed in renewed bloodshed on Friday, more than two weeks into a promised ceasefire, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Among them, it said, two civilians died in a Damascus suicide bombing that state media said killed 11.

Weapons


The Lebanese navy intercepted three containers of weapons destined for Syrian rebel forces on board a ship originating from Libya, a security official told wire agency AFP on Saturday.

The cargo contained heavy machineguns, artillery shells, rockets, rocket launchers and other explosives, the official said.

A second security official said the Sierra Leone-flagged Lutfallah II had previously obtained a permit to enter the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon before being stopped by the navy on Thursday night.

The vessel was towed to Selaata, a small port some 50 kilometres north of Beirut.

News reports said the ship had called at the Egyptian port of Alexandria en route from Libya.

An AFP reporter saw three army trucks leave Selaata for Beirut with the seized containers, escorted by eight jeeps and a helicopter.

A resident told AFP that the ship weighed anchor in the morning, escorted by the navy to an unknown destination.

The security source said that the captain and crew were handed over to military intelligence officers in Tripoli for further questioning.

Syrian authorities have repeatedly charged that weapons are being smuggled from Lebanon to rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

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