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Syrian army pounds Damascus, 47 dead
 
Residents and security personnel gather at the site of an explosion in Damascus on May 10. Two large explosions killed 40 people on Thursday, state media said, destroying dozens of cars on a highway and damaging an intelligence complex.
Residents and security personnel gather at the site of an explosion in Damascus on May 10. Two large explosions killed 40 people on Thursday, state media said, destroying dozens of cars on a highway and damaging an intelligence complex.
REUTERS/Khaled Al Hariri

At least 47 people are dead in Damascus after the Syrian army launched a brutal attack Wednesday in the country's capital. According to activists, military forces carried out house raids and shot dozens of rebels execution-style as struggling President Bashar al-Assad seeks to maintain his grip on the country 17 months into a bloody civil war. The army has amped up its attacks following the departure of U.N. military observers this week.

 

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