Activists claim Govt shelling kills women and girls in Syria

Eight women and girls have been killed in intense government shelling in the southern Syrian province of Daraa, activists said today.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the late-night attack on Karak, in eastern Daraa, killed four women and four girls.

The Observatory relies on a wide network of activists on the ground in Syria for its information.

Syria’s state news agency, Sana, said regime forces were chasing “terrorist cells” in Daraa province, including along the border with Jordan. It did not mention Karak.

It said 18 opposition fighters including Jordanians, a Saudi and a Chechen, were killed. It did not refer to civilian casualties.

The United Nations says more than 6,000 children are among more than 93,000 people killed in Syria’s civil war.

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