BEIRUT Dec 30 Syrian government forces and
their allies clashed with rebels near Damascus on Friday, and
used helicopter gunships in raids in the area in the latest
violence to disrupt a nationwide ceasefire that otherwise
appeared to hold, monitors said.
The clashes took place in a rebel-held valley northwest of
Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
A rebel official also reported clashes in the area, where
the Syrian army began an offensive last week to recapture the
area which provides most of Damascus's water supplies.
(Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Angus MacSwan)