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Syrian forces reportedly kill 100 near Damascus

5-day campaign takes heavy toll

BEIRUT — Syrian activists and rebel fighters said Monday at least 100 people and possibly more than 400 were killed in a five-day Syrian government offensive on a predominantly Sunni area of the Damascus countryside. The death toll could be the largest from a single military campaign in nearly a year.

Activists described a bloody war zone inside Jdeidet al-Fadel, an area west of the Syrian capital that remained critically isolated on Monday, a day after government forces had reportedly withdrawn to the town’s outskirts, trapping the surviving residents inside and keeping medical workers and activists out.

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