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    Violence intensifies around Syrian capital

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Violence has intensified around Damascus, the Syrian capital, amid reports of shelling by government forces on rebel controlled towns and fierce street fighting. President Bashar al-Assad forces shelled the towns of Douma and Zabadani to the northeast of the capital and the town of Moadamiyet al-Sham to the southwest, official and activist sources said on Thursday. In the town of Daraya in the suburbs of Damascus, additional troops were deployed, as the army escalated its assault on rebel-held town. Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports.