Last updated: 7 November, 2013

Syrian army retakes key rebel town near Damascus

Troops backed by Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah fighters and other pro-regime militiamen on Thursday retook Sbeineh, a major rebel enclave south of Damascus, a monitoring group and state television said.

“Sbeineh was one of the most important rebel positions on Damascus’ outskirts. Rebels in southern Damascus have now had practically all their supply routes cut off,” said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.