Syria: insurgents take control of a town near Damascus

Armed insurgents took control of the town of Duma located near Damascus, after which they returned to the initial positions, Reuters reported, referring to Syrian Observatory of Human Rights based in London on Sunday.

“They have decided to withdraw from the city so as not to encourage the regime to carry out an assault against the region,” said President of the Observatory Rami Abdelrahman.

City Duma, which has just over 100,000 inhabitants, is located 14 km northwest of the Syrian capital.

Since March 15, 2011, Syria was shaken by a protest movement against the regime. According to the UN, the suppression of the revolt would have done more than 5,000 dead. Damascus denies amounts and claims that the country is plagued by gangs financed from abroad.

The fight against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad is taken in particular by the so-called Syrian army made ​​up of free men who defected from the army.

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