Almost 100 killed in Damascus after shelling and air strikes hit suburbs
Government shelling and air strikes on rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus have killed at least 98 people, according to a monitoring group and paramedics.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was the deadliest day in three years in the area known as Eastern Ghouta.
The Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, said the shelling and air strikes on Monday killed 98 and that some people are still under the rubble.
The observatory said 20 children and 15 women were among those killed.
The targeted suburbs have been subjected to a weeks-long bombardment that has killed and wounded hundreds of people.
Opposition activists said government forces have brought in reinforcements in preparation for a wider offensive on the area - the last main rebel stronghold near Damascus.