Damascus: A Syrian opposition group has said that nearly 10 children died on a playground near Damascus suburb in the recent shelling in country, adding that another sordid chapter to Syria's bloody civil war has been added.
The opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said cluster bombs from Syrian warplanes killed the children while they were playing.
Alexia Jade, a spokeswoman for the opposition-run Damascus Media Office, said that residents in Deir al-Assafir believe the attack was committed by the government in retaliation for rebels taking over a nearby military airport, CNN reports.
Rami Abdulrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, however, said it's not known what happened.
According to the report, the violence raged again on Monday, with at least 168 people killed across the country.
More than half of those reported deaths, 90 of them, were in the capital and its suburbs, with another 35 in Aleppo.
Witnesses said that rockets pummeled the Syrian city of Atma on Monday, not far from a key command center for the rebel Free Syrian Army, a witness said. Two rockets fell within several hundred meters of the command center, the report added.
Meanwhile, more than 3,80,000 Syrians have fled the violence and become refugees in countries such as Turkey and Lebanon, the United Nations reports.