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US: 300 killed in suburbs of Syrian capital

US: 300 killed in suburbs of Syrian capital

The United States says more than 300 people were killed in fighting in the suburbs of the Syrian capital over the weekend.
Syrian opposition activists say as many as 600 people were killed by government forces in the Damascus suburb of Daraya.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday some 150 of the victims had been killed in a single location. She cited reports from human rights activists that some were killed point-blank "in the most brutal way at the hands of the regime."

Despite the escalating violence, Nuland did not endorse a call from French President Francois Hollande for the fractured Syrian opposition to form a provisional government to rival President Bashar Assad.

She said it was a decision for Syrians to make for themselves.

Updated : 2021-06-21 12:54 GMT+08:00