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Political solution in Syria hard to achieve amid escalating violence

(Xinhua)

10:30, July 20, 2012

DAMASCUS, July 19 (Xinhua) -- The long-lasting violence in Syria is gaining momentum recently as severe military showdown is now taking place in several areas in the heart of the capital Damascus, a snub to all political solutions as each party of the conflict is determined to demolish the other by force.

The showdown started Sunday afternoon between regular troops and armed rebels in several neighborhoods of Damascus, which has relatively kept a distance from the violence elsewhere.

The military confrontation came as the armed rebels announced the commencement of the "great battle of Damascus" in a bid to bring down the government's stronghold.

The intensity of the clashes ramped up Wednesday after the rebels managed to blast a meeting room grouping top Syrian officials and cronies to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The killed officials are defense minister, his deputy and assistant vice-president.

The meeting was also attended by many other figures, some of whom were injured, including the interior minister.

The defense ministry pledged to hit back hard and cut the hands of those who dare to undermine the security of the country, as the armed rebels Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility for the blast and vowed to stage more assaults.

Moreover, the rebels said they will not back down, buoyed by their success in hitting many officials in one hit.

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