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November 5, 2012

Intense fighting erupts in Syrian capital

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A Turkish government official based in the border town of Kilis confirmed two Syrian rebel groups were "engaged in a power struggle," fighting each other for the control of the Bab el-Salameh border crossing. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with government rules, said however, that Turkish officials were still trying to determine who the two groups were.

In the central province of Hama, a suicide attacker detonated his car in the village of Ziyara causing some deaths, state-run news agency SANA said. It added that the blasts occurred outside a state-run development agency. The Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the suicide attacker targeted an army checkpoint and killed "tens of troops."

Elsewhere in Syria, activists reported air raids, shelling and clashes in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib near the Turkish border to Deir el-Zour region in the east and Homs in the center.

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Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser contributed to this report from Ankara, Turkey.

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