DHAKA: The main road to the airport of the Syrian capital Damascus has been closed and there have been no flights since early morning, as rebel groups reported fierce fighting in the area.
Emirates Airlines and Egypt Air cancelled flights to Damascus because of the "deteriorating situation".
Residents spoke of an unprecedented government offensive in the east of the city.
The clashes came as internet and phone systems in the country went down.
The Syrian government has previously cut off access to the internet during major operations, but correspondents say a nationwide switch-off is unprecedented.
But the information minister said "terrorists" had cut off the internet and that engineers were working to repair the fault.
BDST: 0052 HRS, NOV 30, 2012
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