Warplanes Pound Damascus Suburbs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian warplanes today have been carrying out what activists say are the most intense air raids on the suburbs of Damascus since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began 19 months ago.
They say 60 air strikes have been launched today against rebel targets around the country.
Meanwhile, a government official says a car bomb killed 10 people on the outskirts of Damascus. Another car bomb exploded in a Damascus neighborhood where rebels are active. A state-run news agency says there were many casualties.
This was supposed to be the fourth and final day of a cease-fire to coincide with a Muslim holiday. But the truce never took hold. And activists say at least 500 people have been killed over the four-day period.
The army late yesterday accused rebels of "repeatedly" violating the cease-fire, and said it would strike them "with an iron fist."
One activist says the Syrian military today has been using the air strikes to try to compensate for recent losses on the ground.


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