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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Topic - Thaer Al-Dimashqi
Syrian rebels made a new push into Damascus on Wednesday, clashing heavily with troops in the rebellious suburbs of the capital and firing mortars at a presidential palace and a Palestinian refugee camp, activists said.
"The situation is catastrophic in the area," al-Dimashqi said via Skype, adding that the rebels have launched a major attack on southern neighborhoods of the capital and anti-government gunmen have seized control of sections of them.
Thaer al-Dimashqi, an activist based in a southern suburb of the capital, said the shelling of Beit Saham also wounded 30 people.