As the Syrian war rages on, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are stepping up their efforts. In the midst of intense shelling, eight women and girls were killed in the village of Karak in the country’s southern region of Daraa, where the anti-Assad movement began. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the deaths of the women after overnight shelling targeted the village. Another attack in Damascus killed four people. The military has been more aggressive toward rebel-held areas in attempts to quell the rebellion. The war in Syria has claimed an estimated 93,000 lives, including 6,000 children.
Assad’s forces attack small southern village.