Syrian rebels: Battled regime troops

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IDLIB, Syria – Syrian rebels battled regime troops south of Damascus on Friday and Internet and most telephone lines were cut for a second day. But the road to the capital's airport reopened, a sign the fighting was lessening, activists said.

The general manager of the Syrian Civil Aviation Agency, Ghaidaa Abdul-Latif, said the airport was operating "as usual" on Friday. On Thursday international flights were canceled because of the violence. Some land lines were working sporadically.

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