For the third straight day, fierce clashes erupted in the Syrian capital Tuesday as fighters braced for a major showdown in the key city, opposition activists said.
"The battle for Damascus is coming," said Abdulhameed Zakaria, a Syrian army colonel who defected and joined the rebel Free Syrian Army.
Several areas of Damascus came under intense fighting early Tuesday, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said. Mortar shells rained on the Tadamon neighborhood as a powerful explosions rocked Tadamon and other areas, the LCC said.
But the violence wasn't limited to the Syrian regime's seat of power.FULL STORY