Troops battle rebels in Damascus suburb Douma
Governor tells Arab monitors authorities seek ceasefire
Arab League chief tells Assad to stop killing "innocents"
Russia opposes U.N. sanctions, intervention
By Mariam Karouny
HARASTA, Syria, Jan 26 (Reuters) - A 10-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad edged closer to the Syrian capital on Thursday as troops battled rebels in a town just north of Damascus and a provincial governor spoke of negotiating local ceasefires.
A Syrian officer told Reuters clashes had been under way in Douma since the morning. Security forces were searching houses for arms and wanted suspects. Reporters were shown home-made grenades among other seized weapons.
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