18 killed, neighborhood gone, Syria activists say

Posted: October 31, 2012 at 5:09 a.m.

A rebel sniper watches Syrian army positions Monday in the Aleppo Jedida district of Syria.

Airstrikes by Syrian jets and shells from tanks leveled a neighborhood Tuesday in a restive city near Damascus, the capital, killing 18 people, and at least five rebel fighters died nearby in clashes with regime troops, activists said.

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