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Syria army steps up operations in Aleppo, Damascus

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Syria's army rained shells on rebel bastions in and around Damascus Tuesday and sent extra troops to second city Aleppo, as a watchdog said the death toll from 18 months of violence now topped 31,000. 

A wounded civilian is rushed to hospital in the northern city of Aleppo, October 1. Syria's army rained shells on rebel bastions in and around Damascus Tuesday and sent extra troops to second city Aleppo, as a watchdog said the death toll from 18 months of violence now topped 31,000

The fresh offensive came hours after UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Damascus to show compassion to its people and the UN's Syria envoy prepared to return to the region to try to revive mediation efforts.

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