A day after at least 216 people were killed in Syria -- one of the highest daily figures in recent weeks -- violence renewed across the country, AFP reported Saturday (March 16th).
Syrian regime forces shelled Barzeh, Qaboun, Jobar, and the Yarmouk refugee camp in the capital Damascus overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Shelling was particularly fierce in Barzeh, where snipers were deployed and residents were reported fleeing the area.
Southwest of Damascus, Nasri Khalil Hasan of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was killed in the Khan Eshieh Palestinian refugee camp.
Hasan -- the sixth member of UNRWA staff to be killed in Syria -- was killed by shrapnel that hit him as he fled his home under artillery fire, the UN agency said.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Revolution General Commission, a coalition of opposition groups on the ground in Syria, reported regime troop reinforcements being deployed in Daraya, a suburb of the capital.