Army Tanks roll into Ghouta
On Sunday government soldiers had moved into the suburbs of the Syrian capital at dawn, along with at least 50 tanks and other armoured vehicles, as they sought to reclaim districts that had fallen into the hands of the Free Syrian Army.
At least 19 civilians and rebel fighters were killed in that initial attack, the rebel group had said.
Fighters had taken over districts less than five miles from the heart of the city. The areas have seen repeated protests against President Assad’s rule and crackdowns by troops in the 10-month-old uprising.
There are reports that the Free Syrian Army has now withdrawn from the eastern al-Ghouta area of Damascus, and regime forces have reoccupied the suburbs and started making house-to-house arrests.
A spokesman for the Free Syrian Army fighting President Assad’s forces appeared to confirm that account.