“We have retreated, get out of here,” a lone rebel fighter
yelled at Reuters journalists as they arrived on Wednesday in
the Salaheddine district. Nearby checkpoints that had been
manned by rebel fighters for the last week had disappeared.
A Syrian government security source told Lebanon’s Al-Manar
television that its forces were now in control of the district,
but an opposition watchdog, the Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, said clashes were still occurring there.
Abu Firas, a member of the rebel Free Syrian Army, said the
insurgents had left only one building in Salaheddine.