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

19 September 2012 Last updated at 13:21 BST

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.