New casualties recorded in Syrian city of Deraa

At least 17 people, including women, were killed during fighting in the southern restive town of Deraa, Syria. BBC report said that the shelling began late on Friday and continued overnight.

There have been frequent clashes between troops and rebels in Deraa, where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began last year.

Meanwhile UN monitors continue their investigation into an alleged massacre at Qubair, after visiting the site.

People in the area told the UN team that everyone in the village near Hama “had died except for a few”, UN spokeswoman Sausan Ghosheh told the BBC.

She said that the monitors had not yet been able to establish the number of victims. Activists say about 80 people were killed.



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