Southern Damascus saw fresh battles early on Friday (February 1st), as army tanks hit opposition-held areas near the Syrian capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
"Fresh clashes broke out near Yarmouk camp, while the area was shelled," AFP quoted the Observatory as saying.
Violence at the Yarmouk refugee camp, once home to some 150,000 Palestinian refugees living in Syria, has been on-going for several weeks, forcing many residents to flee from the area.
Near the capital, tanks shelled several insurgent-held areas, among them Yabrud, Irbin, Moadamiyet al-Sham and Yalda, the Observatory said.
The city of Homs in central Syria was also bombarded on Friday morning, more than six months into an army siege on several opposition-held districts, the watchdog said.
"The district of Khaldiyeh also was shelled by army tanks on Friday morning, as several explosions shook the area," the Observatory said.