Soldiers in village near Maaloula in Syria
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Syria crisis: 'Loud explosions' heard near Maaloula

12 September 2013 Last updated at 19:32 BST

Loud explosions can still be heard coming from the ancient Syrian town of Maaloula, says the BBC's Middle East editor, who is travelling with government forces.

Speaking from a nearby village, Jeremy Bowen said although there had been reports that government forces had retaken the town, fighting could still be heard.