The revolt against the Syrian regime has been a turning point, for the first time , fierce fighting between the army and rebels in Damascus. Syrian rebels have announced the launch of a major operation against forces loyal to the regime, in a further escalation of the conflict that has now reached the capital Damascus, still plagued by fighting Tuesday. The rebels said two control districts, and Midane Tadamoun, in the south and east of the capital in mid-day, and heavy fire from automatic weapons were heard Tuesday in the heart of Damascus. Helicopters came for the first time in action in the night and strafed the area Qaboun (east), according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights . On the diplomatic front, the international mediator Kofi Annan [Unlink]
will meet with Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The latter, according to Russian press, diplomats attached to his hard line on Syria, placing Russians and Westerners on the threshold of an acute confrontation on the subject. On the ground, the Syrian free Army made up of armed deserters and civilians , announced Monday the launch of an "extensive". attack in Damascus in Syria", it provides systematic attacks of all the checkpoints of the country, cuts major roads in order to paralyze the military regime and further defections. The announcement came at a time when the capital was rocked by violence since Sunday night in what the opposition called a "turning point" in the revolt launched 16 months ago against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Damascus was far over -secured, controlled mainly by the fourth division of the first army corps led by Maher Assad, brother of head of state.