Syria regime bombardment kills 17 civilians in south Damascus: monitor

Beirut (AFP) – Syrian regime air strikes and shelling killed 17 civilians including seven children on Friday in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk in southern Damascus, a Britain-based monitor said.

Government forces have intensified their bombardment of Yarmuk and surrounding neighbourhoods since April 19 as they battle Islamic State group jihadists there, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says.