February 18, 2017 / 7:11 PM / in 10 months

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

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.

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. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

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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