Smoke rises over Damascus (19 September 2012)
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Syria conflict: Heavy fighting continues in Damascus

There has been further heavy fighting in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and the northern city of Aleppo.

Activists said government forces were closing in on Hajar al-Aswad, a southern suburb of Damascus, and the situation for residents was desperate.

State media said troops had killed many of what they called "terrorists".

Jim Muir reports from Beirut.

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