February 18, 2017 / 7:11 PM / in 6 months

Syrian government forces attack rebel areas on Damascus outskirts: Syrian Observatory

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Al Majd Brigades dig a trench in the rebel held besieged area of al-Marj in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, Syria February 18, 2017.Bassam Khabieh

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces attacked rebel-held areas on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus with rockets and shellfire on Saturday and killed at least nine people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

A Reuters witness heard the sounds of heavy bombardment coming from the area.

The British-based Observatory said the government forces' assault was around the Qaboun and Barzeh districts.

Reporting by John Davison; Additional reporting by Kinda Makieh in Damascus; Editing by Adrian Croft

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