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Syrian Warplanes Bomb Suburbs Of Damascus

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Activists say Syrian warplanes are bombarding suburbs of Damascus as government troops continue an offensive against rebels on the outskirts of the capital.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says warplanes on January 4 were hitting Duma, northeast of the city, while army artillery was shelling Daraya to the southwest.

The fighting comes the day after a car bomb at a gas station in Damascus killed at least nine people.

The official SANA news agency blamed the blast on "terrorists," a term officials use to describe rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The United Nations estimates that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since protests against Assad's regime began in March 2011.

The conflict is now widely considered a civil war.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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