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UPDATE: Syrian forces kill at least 49 rebels near Damascus

Adra, near where at least 49 people were killed by the Syrian regime, lies en route to Damascus

Reuters , Sunday 21 Jul 2013
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces ambushed rebels in a strategic suburb near the capital Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 49 people, a pro-opposition monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the opposition fighters had been killed near Adra, a town that rebels have been fighting to recapture from Assad's forces. It lies on a route that the rebels had been using to smuggle weapons into Damascus until the army captured it a few months ago.

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