Shelling hits Syrian towns as ceasefire breaks down

Men transport a casualty after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on a busy marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria August 12, 2015.

Shelling resumed on Saturday in two government-held villages in northwest Syria and a rebel town near Damascus, state media and a monitor said, as a ceasefire for the areas collapsed.

The violence came despite talks about extending the truce that began on Wednesday morning and aimed at reaching a final deal to stop fighting in the three areas.

Syrian state television said a child and her father had been killed and 12 others wounded in “terrorist shelling” on the regime-held villages of Fuaa and Kafraya in Idlib province.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor, said rebels had fired about 20 missiles at the two villages and also reported shelling on the rebel-held town of Zabadani.

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Source News: Alarabiya
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