Mortar shelling kills eight in Damascus suburbs

Damascus, March 19: At least eight people were killed and 15 others wounded in a mortar shelling on suburbs of Syria’s capital of Damascus Tuesday evening, the pro-government Sama TV reported.

The mortars targeted the southern suburbs of Babila, Yalda, Beit Sahem, the report said, adding that ambulances of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were helping the injured, according to Xinhua.

The shelling is the latest in a series of attacks that have killed more than 10 people and injured tens of others Tuesday.

The fresh wave of violence is the rebels’ retaliation for losing a strategic area in north Damascus.

More than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since rebels fought against the Syrian government in March 2011. The country has been mired in the bloody conflict between the Syrian army and armed militia ever since.