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Syrian rebels say withdrew from central Damascus district

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian rebels withdrew overnight from the central Damascus district of Midan after coming under heavy bombardment, opposition activists and rebel sources said on Friday.

“It is a tactical withdrawal. We are still in Damascus,” Abu Omar, a rebel commander, said by phone, adding that President Bashar al-Assad‘s forces backed by armored vehicles subsequently entered deep into the district and are now in control of its main market area.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, editing by Diana Abdallah)

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