10 killed in Damascus car bomb

Ten people have been reportedly killed after a car bomb in Damascus. SANA news agency are reporting that 50 people have been injured in the explosion which has also left 20 cars and 15 stores damaged.

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Report: Heavy gunfire heard across Turkey-Syrian border

Heavy machine gun fire and the sound of mortar bombs has been heard along the Turkey-Syrian border near the Syrian town of Haram, according to a Reuters witness.

It was not clear whether the firing was from the Syrian army or from rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The firing could be heard from the Turkish border village of Besaslan in southern Hatay province.

Activists claim three killed in tank fire in Damascus

Activists have told Reuters that three people have been killed in tank and sniper fire in the Damascus suburb of Harasta.

Rebels in a northern town close to the Turkish border also reported one of their fighters was shot dead by a sniper early on Friday and a Reuters journalist in the town heard what sounded like four rounds of tank fire.

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Rebels storm Syrian military base despite ceasefire

Heavy fighting has broken out around a Syrian military base, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in the first major violation of a ceasefire marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The Observatory said rebel fighters were trying to storm the base, which is less than half a mile from the main north-south highway linking Damascus to Aleppo, and President Bashar al-Assad's forces had fired artillery at a nearby village.

Doubts of Syria ceasefire for Eid holiday

We don't believe as Syrian opposition that Bashar Assad will be adhering with this truce and it shows itself today because till now 17 civilians was (were) killed in Syria within the last six hours. So, also the Syrians outside the Syria like the Syrian refugees and Syrian living outside Syria, they don't believe that Assad will be adhering with this truce. That's why nobody plans to go back to Syria, nobody trust Assad anymore.

– OMAR SHAWAF, SYRIAN NATIONAL COUNCIL

Shelling in Syrian capital ahead of ceasefire

Residents in the Syrian capita Damascus have reported shelling by Syrian troops just hours before Friday's ceasefire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid.

A fire burns after after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Erbeen
A fire burns after after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Erbeen Credit: Reuters

Resident say troops positioned on a mountain overlooking the Syrian capital targeted Hajar al-Aswad, a poor neighbourhood inhabited by refugees from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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