Sunday 17 December 2017

25 people killed in Syrian government shelling, activists claim

The dead included three women and two children
The dead included three women and two children

Syrian government strikes have killed 25 people, mostly civilians, in attacks on rebel-held areas near the capital and in the country's largest city, opposition activists have claimed.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the government shelling of rebel strongholds in eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, on Saturday killed at least 13 people, including three women and two children.

The activist-run Aleppo Media Centre said airstrikes on Saturday in a residential area and market in a rebel-controlled district of the contested city killed 12 people, including children.

Syria's Interior Ministry, meanwhile, says mortar shells fired by rebels fell in two neighbourhoods in the capital Damascus, a rare occurrence since a fragile ceasefire took effect in late February.

State-news agency SANA says a child was killed in a rebel shelling outside Damascus.

Press Association

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