UPDATE: Syrian forces kill at least 49 rebels near Damascus
Reuters, Sunday 21 Jul 2013
Adra, near where at least 49 people were killed by the Syrian regime, lies en route to Damascus

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.