Syrian official says Assad forces retake rebel-held Khaldiyeh district in Homs; rebels deny

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A Syrian official says the army has recaptured the rebel-held district of Khaldiyeh in the central city of Homs.

The official from Homs province said Monday that government troops were still "cleaning" out rebel-held pockets. He requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.

A Khaldiyeh-based activist however says rebels are still holding on but are under heavy fire. He requested anonymity for fear of government reprisals.

Earlier this week, Syrian forces took over a series of buildings in Khaldiyeh, but rebels said they had not advanced further.

Clashes have raged for 10 days to seize opposition pockets in the strategic city of Homs. It is part of a broader push by President Bashar Assad's forces to retake territory seized by rebels in the two-year uprising.