BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels have captured a helicopter base just outside Damascus in what an activist calls a "blow to the morale of the regime" near President Bashar Assad's seat of power.
Elsewhere, activists say at least eight children were killed when Syrian warplanes bombed a village close to suburbs of the capital that has been witnessing clashes, shelling and air raids between troops and rebels over the past months.
Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011 with an uprising against Assad's regime, inspired by other Arab Spring revolts. It quickly morphed into a civil war that activists say has since killed more than 40,000 people. According to the activists, hundreds of children have been killed since the crisis began.
Assad's regime blames the revolt on a foreign conspiracy. It accuses Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with the United States, other Western countries and Turkey, of funding, training and arming the rebels, whom it calls terrorists.