Syrian troops battle rebels outside Damascus
Activists say Syrian government troops are clashing with rebels in a town outside Damascus, part of a belt of communities around the capital that have seen near-daily fighting in recent months.



The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Saturday's fighting is concentrated around the town of Al Otaybah, east of Damascus. The group also says the southeastern Damascus suburb of Jaramana has been hit by several mortar rounds. There were no immediate reports of casualties. (AP)