Raging battle outside Damascus shuts down airport road, two Austrian peacekeepers wounded
Heavy clashes between Syrian rebels and government forces outside Damascus has forced the closure of the main airport road. Two Austrian UN soldiers were injured in the ongoing gun battle as major airlines canceled flights to the city.
Syrian state media said the military had secured Damascus airport road on Thusday, though that report has not been independently verified.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) earlier said that intense fighting was raging "along all the areas along the road" to the International airport, southeast of the city.
Two Austrian peacekeeping soldiers were wounded when their convoy came under fire near the airport, the defense ministry in Vienna said. One soldier was shot in the arm, the other in the shoulder. Neither soldier is in critical condition. A vehicle from their convoy was also seriously damaged in the melee. [link to rt.com]