Published On: Wed, Sep 18th, 2013

Battles rage in Syria ahead of talks at the United Nations

BEIRUT | Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:37pm BST

Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters fire their weapons during what the FSA said were clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at the Al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak

Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters fire their weapons during what the FSA said were clashes with forces loyal to Syrias President Bashar al-Assad at the Al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak

(Reuters) Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held areas and clashes between militants and government forces continued unabated on Wednesday, residents and opposition groups said, while key powers met to forge a deal that would eliminate Syrian chemical weapons.

Activists said President Bashar al-Assads air force hit the neighbourhood of Berze, a northeastern part of central Damascus, where rebels are trying to push further into the city.

Air strikes and skirmishes are countrywide but the key fight is in the capital, where Assad controls central districts but has lost suburbs.

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