Intense fighting erupts in Syrian capital


BEIRUT — Palestinian supporters and opponents of Syria’s regime got swept up in intense fighting in Damascus today while rival rebel groups clashed over control of a border crossing with Turkey, activists said.

The rare infighting among the two groups added a new dimension of chaos to the civil war and heightened fears that if President Bashar Assad falls, the disparate factions battling the regime will turn against each other.

In the capital, a car bomb ripped through the main square of a residential neighborhood known as Mazzeh al-Jabal, killing 11 people and wounding dozens, the SANA state news agency said.

The neighborhood is inhabited mostly by members of President Bashar Assad’s Alawite minority, and residents said members of his security forces and military officers are known to live there.


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