Activists: 13 killed in airstrike near Damascus

Associated Press
Two dead bodies lie on a street in the Saif al-Dawlah neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. The revolution against the Syrian regime started in March 2011 with peaceful protests but morphed into a civil war that has killed more than 60,000 people, according to a recent United Nations estimate. (AP Photo/Andoni Lubaki)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say at least 13 people including eight children have been killed in a regime airstrike on a Damascus suburb.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian warplanes hit the residential neighborhood of Maadamiyeh south of Damascus on Monday morning. The Observatory says at least seven more people are trapped under the rubble. The group relies on reports from activists on the ground.

Monday's attack comes a day after heavy bombardments of strategic areas around the capital from which the government is trying to dislodge rebels. At least 45 people were reported killed.