Beirut - Tank shells fired by Syrian government forces slammed into a building in a southern city, killing at least 11 people there, including women and children, activists said on Sunday.
The attack was part of the latest push by President Bashar Assad's troops to recapture land lost to rebels in the southern province and city of Daraa, the birthplace of Syria's uprising. It was there in 2011 that several youths were arrested for scrawling graffiti calling for Assad's downfall.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said at least four women and three children, including a baby, were among those killed in the attack late Saturday.
Syria's official news agency said that rebels fired mortars toward a government building in Daraa, but offered no further details.
Videos posted on social networking sites by opposition activists showed bodies of the victims on the floor of a darkened room.