Syrian forces kill at least 16 in shelling around Damascus

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Posted: Feb 05, 2015 10:40 AM
Syrian forces kill at least 16 in shelling around Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian activists say government forces have struck opposition-held areas around Damascus, killing at least 16 people.

Thursday's shelling appears to be in retaliation for a barrage of rockets and mortar shells fired by rebels earlier in the day that struck the Syrian capital and killed at least five people.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists on the ground, says at least 16 people were killed in opposition-held areas. Other activist groups provided higher death tolls. Conflicting tolls are routine in such attacks.

More than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria's nearly four-year conflict, according to U.N. figures.

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Hadid reported from Beirut.