Failed Syrian cease-fire ends; death toll tops 500
Regime steps up its bombing of rebel strongholds
Syrian fighter jets pounded rebel areas across the country on Monday with scores of airstrikes that antiregime activists called the most widespread bombing in a single day since Syria’s troubles started 19 months ago. The death toll for what was supposed to be a four-day cease-fire between the regime of President Bashar Assad and rebels seeking his overthrow exceeded 500. More than 80 people were killed nationwide Monday.