At least 20 killed in southern Syria

2012-06-09 08:13

At least 20 people were killed in Syria when government troops shelled the restive southern province of Daraa, an opposition group said.

Ten women and three children were among the dead today, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Fierce fighting between troops and rebel fighters took place in the province, the organisation said. It gave no casualty figures.

Explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus following overnight fighting between rebels and security forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, according to activists.

The Syrian National Council, the main opposition grouping, is expected to meet in Istanbul to elect a new leader today following the resignation amid criticism of Burhan Ghalioun.

Sources inside Syrian National Council said that Abdul-Basset Sayda, who currently heads the organisation’s human rights department, is likely to succeed Ghalioun. Sayda has been living in exile in Sweden.

Observers say divisions within the Syrian National Council have tarnished its credibility.

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