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    Syrian Forces Shell Damascus

    This image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed Saturday Aug. 11, 2012, purports to show the destruction of houses by shelling from Syrian government forces in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SSN) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS HANDOUT PHOTO

    Shaam News Network / AP Photo

    Fighting continued in Syria on Thursday, with tanks and helicopters reported in Damascus as the United Nations monitors were expected to depart the country. Activists said that Syrian forces had fired mortar rounds on a Damascus suburb that overlooks the Qasioun mountain, with early reports of government troops going house to house to search for rebels. Hundreds have been displaced due to the fighting in Damascus as heavy fighting on Wednesday claimed an estimated 47 lives. The U.N., meanwhile, organized a Security Council meeting on Syria for August 30—the day that the last of the monitor are set to leave the country.

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