Syria fighting rages on despite Muslim holiday

Filed on October 15, 2013

An activist group says Syrian warplanes have been bombing the suburbs of Damascus while rebels have fired mortar shells at the capital on the first day of a major Muslim holiday.

Tuesday’s fighting shows how entrenched both sides in Syria’s civil war have become. Earlier in the fighting, the sides occasionally attempted to observe holiday cease-fires.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels fired rockets and mortar rounds at three Damascus neighbourhoods. An amateur video posted online shows three rockets being fired, leaving a trail of dark smoke.

The Observatory says the regime bombed rebel areas near the city of Hama, killing three children, and Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta district.

Meanwhile, state TV showed Syrian President Bashar Assad attending Eid Al Adha prayers at a Damascus mosque.

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