BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:35 P.M.) – The death toll in east Damascus has skyrocketed over the last 24 hours, as both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Islamist rebels trade hostilities near the capital city.

According to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), at least 45 people were killed during the Syrian Army’s attack on the opposition-held suburbs of Douma, Zamalka, Harasta, Mesraba, and ‘Ayn Tarma today.

Meanwhile, in government-held east Damascus, five people have been killed and more than 20 others were wounded when the Islamist rebels attacked Bab Touma, Qassa, Umawayeen Square, Dhahiyat Al-Assad, and the President Bridge.

With both sides intensifying their attacks, the death toll on both sides is expected to rise in the coming hours.

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