BEIRUT (AP) — At least nine people were killed, including three children, in a Syrian government airstrike that targeted a rebel-held town near the capital Damascus on Thursday.
There were likely more dead in the airstrike that hit a residential building in the town of Saqba, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local activists on a Saqba Facebook group.
The Saqba activists published a series of videos showing the strike's aftermath. The videos appeared genuine and corresponded to The Associated Press reporting of the event. They showed men rushing into buildings, carrying limp bodies. Other men dug out people from the rubble; and later, the lifeless bodies of some victims were seen wrapped in shrouds.
Government forces have been pounding areas near Saqba for months as they try to repel rebels fighting to overthrow the rule of President Bashar Assad.
Syrian airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians in the grinding war, now deep into its fourth year.