A man and his four children were killed when a mortar round hit a Damascus suburb, Syrian activists said today.

The British-Based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the round landed on the man’s car in the residential area of Jaramana. The Observatory said many other people were injured, including the children’s mother.

It was part of a series of salvos which slammed into the neighbourhood yesterday evening.

It was not clear who fired the shells. There are frequent clashes in a nearby town between Syrian forces loyal to the government of President Bashar Assad and rebels trying to overthrow him.

The Observatory receives its information from a network of activists on the ground.

The Syrian news agency Sana reported the same incident but said three children were killed.

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