Activists: Shelling kills 11 near Syrian capital

AP News
Posted: Jul 02, 2013 6:45 AM
Activists: Shelling kills 11 near Syrian capital

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian troops have shelled a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, killing at least 11 people.

The shelling on Kfar Batna Tuesday appeared to be part of an ongoing government offensive against contested and rebel-held areas around the capital.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead include two women and a child.

Mohammed Saeed, an activist based in the nearby suburb of Douma, said the shelling began early Tuesday and lasted several hours, killing 13 people.

Saeed said Kfar Batna is usually relatively quiet and shelters a large number of Syrians displaced from other, more tense suburbs of Damascus.

Activists say more than 100,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011.