Activists say at least 47 people were killed in Damascus and surrounding suburbs on Wednesday, as the military carried out house raids and reportedly shot dead dozens of rebels execution-style. Earlier in the day, rebels claimed troops were employing fear tactics in the beleagured capital and that the government had adopted a "hit and run" approach to attacks, wherein troops move in quickly, kill as many rebels as they can, and then retreat. Bloody clashes were also reported in Aleppo, with troops fighting to seize control of the northern city.
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