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Syria conflict: warplanes 'strike Damascus'

* Over 100 people reported killed in fighting on Tuesday
• Study finds hundreds of Europeans fighting in civil war
• Israeli retaliates for Gaza rocket fire with air strike

Here is a summary of today’s key events so far.

Syria

• A video obtained by Reuters suggests that Palmyra’s Temple of Bel, which dates from the first century, has been damaged in fighting between government and rebel forces. Palmyra, which is in central Syria near the modern town of Tadmur, is a Unesco world heritage site, and features the ruins of a city that was once one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world.

• Opposition activists reported shelling and warplane attacks across the suburbs of Damascus today. A Reuters reporter in the capital found a “new exodus” of residents fleeing the continued fighting there. A Syrian military commander has told rebels in Damascus that a continued attempt to advance in the capital would mean "certain death for them and their leaders". The Local Co-ordination Committees group also reported shelling in Aleppo and its surroundings, and in Daraa province. The group said 38 people had been killed in fighting across the country today, including 18 in Damascus. Its reports cannot be verified because most media are banned from Syria.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2013/apr/03...



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