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Government and rebel forces battled for the fifth day for control of a key highway in Damascus that connects the city with the country's north. Rebels fought for control of a military base outside the city of Dei el-Zour, using tanks they had captured previously.
Government aircraft struck targets across Damascus. Fighting broke out in the town of Daraya and in the eastern district of Jobar. The Minister of Information said the government was open to dialogue with the opposition without any preconditions.
Rebels continued to push forward in Damascus, fighting while government forces fought back in an effort to retake sections of the strategic ring road. The UN reported 5,000 refugees per day are fleeing Syria.
Inching closer to the center of Damascus, rebels overran government positions on a key road. Government forces responded with air and artillery attacks. After 16 days of fighting, government troops took control of the central town of Karnaz.
After a lull, heavy fighting broke out in Damascus. Rebels said they had gone on the offensive against strategic targets in the city's southern neighborhood of Jabar. Two suicide bombings, targeting a military compound in the central city of Palmyra, killed 19 government soldiers.