A woman casts her vote in Damascus, Syria
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Syria unrest: Local elections held despite fighting

Syria is holding local elections despite continuing violence between security and opposition forces.

Authorities said the vote would be freer than in previous years, but the opposition has called for a boycott and launched a general strike.

Turnout is expected to be very low. Correspondents say many Syrian voters will not risk going to the polls.

Fighting is said to be continuing in several cities, with at least 20 people reported killed on Monday.

Jonathan Head reports from neighbouring Turkey.

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