Activists: 98 dead in assault on rebel-held Damascus suburb

Staff Writer

BEIRUT (AP) — Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday.
A day after Monday's government barrage, retaliatory shells rained down on the capital Damascus, killing at least eight people on Tuesday. In the suburbs, opposition activists said that at least 15 more people were killed Tuesday.
The targeted suburbs — scattered across an area known as eastern Ghouta — have been subjected to weeks-long bombardment that has killed and wounded hundreds of people. Opposition activists say government forces have brought in more reinforcements in recent days, suggesting a major assault is imminent to recapture the area that is the last main rebel stronghold near Damascus...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.