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“The security situation is very hard, with snipers on the roofs,” Adel al-Omari said over the phone. “It is very dangerous here, and you can’t leave your house. Anyone who moves is targeted.”

The Observatory said eight soldiers were wounded in the Dael clashes.

The group said security forces killed at least 16 civilians across Syria on Thursday, while another group, the Local Coordination Committees, put the day’s death toll at 31, including a child and two women.

Activist claims could not be independently verified. The Syrian government rarely comments on clashes and has barred most news media from working in the country.