At least 13 people have been killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of the government in southwestern Syria. The Syrian Observatory reports this for Human Rights.
Local residents heard several gunshots and artillery shelling in southwestern Suweida province. The fighting started Tuesday evening.
According to local journalists, rebels fought there against the leader of a pro-government unit backed by Syrian military intelligence. There were said to have been deaths and injuries on both sides.
The conflict in Syria started in the spring of 2011 with protests against the government of Bashar al-Assad. The government responded with violence. Supporters of the head of state now control about two-thirds of the country.
However, a political solution to the conflict is not in sight.