Assad forces regain control on Damascus district after bloodiest day

Published July 20th, 2012 - 08:30 GMT

The soldiers of the Syrian army regained control of the Midan district in the capital Damascus, announced Friday the state television. The opposition confirmed the information, as the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) statED that government forces backed by tanks entered Midan.

Militant Khaled al-Shami, based in Damascus, said the rebels have carried out a "tactical" withdrawal Friday morning to spare civilians from further bombardments. Heavy fighting between rebels and soldiers took place in the capital for five days.

At least 310 people were killed across the country Thursday, making it the deadliest day since the beginning of the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.

According to the Syrian Observatory, at least 93 people were killed by government troops. According to the Local Coordinating Committees, the death toll of civilian deaths amounted to 217 on Thursday.

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