BEIRUT -- Activists say Syrian troops have clashed with rebels near the government headquarters and Iranian embassy in the capital Damascus.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had no immediate word on casualties in Wednesday's clashes.
Maath al-Shami, an activist based in the area, said smoke could be seen billowing from behind the Iranian embassy building, which is under construction. The present Iranian embassy building and the Cabinet headquarters are also nearby, he said.
"We heard shooting and explosions for a while," said al-Shamir.