Beirut: Activists say Syrian troops are storming a heavily-populated Damascus suburb from which the government forces pulled out earlier this week, after intense clashes with rebel fighters.
Activist and resident Mohammed al-Saeed says thousands of troops, mostly in plainclothes, fanned out across his neighbourhood of Douma on Thursday morning, facing no resistance.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says "a large force" entered Douma. Regime troops left Douma on Sunday, following clashes with Army defectors.
Douma has witnessed intense protests against President Bashar Assad`s regime shortly after the country`s uprising erupted in March. A government crackdown has killed more than 5,400 people, according to the UN.
Syria`s revolt has grown increasingly militarised in recent months.