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3 reported dead after Damascus gun battles

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BEIRUT (AP) -- At least three people are reported dead after gun battles today in the Syrian capital of Damascus between security forces and rebels.

The gunfire broke out in an upscale neighborhood where embassies are located and senior officials live. It's one of the most serious confrontations to take place in the tightly-controlled capital since the anti-government uprising began a year ago.

A human rights group says 18 government troops were wounded in the fighting.

Damascus has been largely free of the shootings and killings reported almost daily across the country since the uprising began. But it has seen several major bombings targeting government security buildings.

The gun battles in Damascus came hours after a team sent by an envoy from the U.N. and the Arab League arrived in the capital.

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