Things Get Ugly in Syria's Capital
Damascus witnesses report clashes in key neighborhood
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 19, 2012 8:13 AM CDT
Thousands of people wave Syrian flags during a silent march in front of a damaged government building in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, March 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

(Newser) – Machine guns and explosions were audible as violence overtook a high-security section of Damascus last night, killing at least three and wounding 18 Syrian troops. Locals began hearing gunfire at about midnight and say "intensive gunfire" continued for hours in the Mazzeh district of the Syrian capital, an upscale neighborhood home to several senior regime members. "People came to Mazzeh and they are trying to attack residents. They are calling them names and taking them out of their houses," an opposition activist tells al-Jazeera.

"The clashes were the strongest and the closest to security installations in the capital since the outbreak of the revolt a year ago," a watchdog tells AFP. The fighting follows car bombs in Damascus and Syria's second-biggest city of Aleppo this weekend. Damascus hasn't faced the daily clashes reported in other Syrian cities, the AP notes. An activist said last night's violence was sparked by a Free Syrian Army hit-and-run effort, though state TV said it began with a security raid on an "armed terrorist" hideout. The clashes may have been a rebel attempt to damage security forces' morale after a series of effective attacks on the opposition, the AP suggests.

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Flack
Mar 19, 2012 12:18 PM CDT
OMG dragged them out of their houses and called them names....
boxcar
Mar 19, 2012 11:49 AM CDT
Global socio-economic upheavals now ongoing were predicted by "Solar Mortality Theory" in mid-90s wherein it identified something would trigger collapse mid-2007s. We now know it occurred on 7/7/7 when Bush SEC removed the 1937 UpTick Rule to allow Banksters to short the housing bubble into the trenches- Thks alot Allah Akbar