Smoke rises from Qusair, Syria
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Syria conflict: Fierce battle for key town of Qusair

20 May 2013 Last updated at 07:50 BST

Fighting has been raging in the town of Qusair, Syria, after government troops launched a major operation to seize the strategic rebel stronghold.

State media said the army "restored security and stability" to most of the town - a claim denied by activists.

Lebanese militants are said to be involved. Richard Forrest reports.