Egyptian jet reroutes to avoid Syria violence

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In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian soldier aims his rifle at free Syrian Army fighters during clashes in the Damascus suburb of Daraya, Syria. Syrian warplanes and artillery pummeled areas in and around Damascus, Aleppo and several other cities, on Sunday according to reports received by human rights activists. Intense fighting persists as rebels try to push their way back into the capital, where President Bashar Assad has his power base. (AP Photo/SANA)
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BEIRUT (AP) — Officials at Cairo's international airport say a commercial jet on its way to the Syrian capital turned back because of violence near Damascus airport.

The officials said the Egypt Air flight from Cairo was rerouted about 30 minutes after takeoff when Egyptian officials received word from their counterparts in Damascus that the area near the airport was not safe.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The Syrian government did not immediately comment.

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