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Fighting intensifies in Syria’s south

BEIRUT — The Syrian army intensified its aerial bombardment Friday of southern Syria as opposition fighters were preparing to launch a wide offensive in a province near Jordan, activists said.

The Local Coordination Committees opposition network and an antigovernment activist said air raids and government shelling in the southern province of Daraa killed at least two people.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, another activist group, reported that airstrikes on areas in Daraa killed a man and a child. It said war jets and helicopter gunships attacked the towns of Enkhil and Ghabagheb, and Naima village and the capital of Daraa province that carries the same name.

Daraa is where Syria’s uprising began nearly three years ago with antigovernment protests that spread across the country.

Some activists said the attacks come as opposition fighters prepared to launch a push toward Damascus. The rebels have tried in the past two years to reach the capital but were crushed by Syrian troops.

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