BEIRUT (AP) — BEIRUT (AP) — At least 21 people are reported dead after a Syrian government warplane bombed an apartment building in eastern Syria today.
A British-based group of activists says the victims included 12 women and a child. A local activist puts the death toll at 23.
The activists say the airstrikes came as the regime tried to claw back ground that was lost to rebel fighters in the area, which is near the border with Iraq.
In Damascus, shells from the mountains overlooking the capital crashed into a rebellious suburb. It's part of an offensive that has lasted for days, an effort by the government to regain control of the area. Activists say at least 15 people were killed in the shelling and clashes, including some who died from wounds suffered in battles yesterday.
In neighboring Lebanon, meanwhile, fresh fighting broke out today in the northern city of Tripoli between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime. Lebanese security officials say two people were killed.
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