DHAKA: Syrian troops have stormed the last rebel stronghold in the capital Damascus, activists say, as the country`s largest city, Aleppo, was pounded by artillery and helicopters.
Activists said most of the capital`s Tadamon district was under the control of government forces by early Friday evening, after "thousands of soldiers" entered the neighbourhood with tanks and armoured vehicles.
"Thousands of soldiers have entered the neighbourhood, they are conducting house-to-house raids," a resident, who did not want to be identified for security reasons, said by telephone.
The army had been trying to enter Tadamon for more than a week but was pushed back by fierce resistance from the rebels.
The Free Syrian Army launched increasingly bold attacks in the country`s two main cities and established strongholds in relatively central neighbourhoods. Government forces responded by shelling the rebellious neighbourhoods, forcing thousands of people to flee.
BDST: 0820 HRS, AUG 4, 2012
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