Jan. 3 - Amateur video purportedly showed the aftermath outside of Damascus and in the town of Douma after opposition activists said government jets launched air strikes across Syria. Sarah Irwin reports.
Fighter jets circle the air - as the Syrian government reportedly launches air strikes across Syria on Thursday. Amateur video that could not be independently verified by Reuters purportedly showed the aftermath - outside of Damascus and in the town of Douma - after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bombed the areas. Opposition forces said warplanes also struck a residence in the northern town of Hayyen - killing at least eight civilians. Rebels hold a tenuous grip on the north - and also control a group of suburbs near Damascus - that recently have been pounded by government forces controlling the capital city center. The civil war in Syria has become the longest and by-far the deadliest of the conflicts stemming from the 2011 Arab spring. After 21 months, the United Nations says the death toll now stands at more than 60,000 people.