Major Syria army offensive on airport road
Observers say Syrian troops have launched a major offensive in southeastern Damascus along the airport road.
Syrian troops have launched a major offensive in southeastern Damascus along the airport road, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says, after earlier reporting the route had been closed.
The army attacked rebel strongholds in a string of towns along the highway and near the airport, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP by phone. State media also reported operations in the area.
The fighting, which came after internet links went down across most of Syria, caused EgyptAir and Emirates to announce the cancellation of flights to Damascus.
The heaviest clashes erupted between troops and rebels in the towns of Babila and Hujaira southeast of the capital and in Harran al-Awamid, just east of the airport, the Observatory said, adding that army reinforcements had been sent to the area.
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