DAMASCUS: The Syrian army shelled the outskirts of Damascus yesterday in a drive to establish a secure perimeter around the capital, as telephone and Internet services resumed after a three-day blackout.
The army targeted several villages near the key Damascus airport road that has come under sustained rebel attack, a monitoring group said.
The 27-kilometre highway remained perilous a day after troops said they had reopened the link to the outside world in heavy fighting, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Troops were in action against rebels entrenched in both the southwestern outskirts of the capital and the eastern suburbs, where the ariport lies, human rights monitors and opposition activists said. AFP