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Fighting rages a 2d day in Syrian city

Hezbollah fighters back government, take heavy toll

BEIRUT — Fighting raged for a second day Monday in the strategic Syrian city of Qusayr as government forces, backed by Shi’ite fighters from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, unleashed new airstrikes and rebels fought back fiercely in parts of the city, Syrian opposition activists said.

The toll of dead and wounded continued to rise for Hezbollah, which is fighting its biggest battle yet on the side of President Bashar Assad. Both sides have depicted the fighting in Qusayr as a turning point in the war that is raising regional tensions as Hezbollah plunges more deeply into the conflict.

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