(ANSAMed) - BEIRUT, JULY 16 - Army tanks took up a position in the central Damascus commercial neighborhood of Midan following clashes between rebels and government forces, Syria's local opposition coordinating committees made known today. The Army also shelled various Damascus neighborhoods, Housh Arab in particular, killing 16 people. Among them were a deserting soldier, two children, and a woman and he four children, whose house was hit by a bomb, the committees said. Rebels blocked the highway connecting Damascus to Deraa in the south and to Amman in Jordan by burning tires this afternoon, Al-Jazeera reported on twitter. ''Traffic was blocked while violent clashes took place in various city neighborhoods,'' Al Jazeera reported on the basis of amateur videos. (ANSAMed).