At least 16 members of Syria's
security forces were killed by a suicide vehicle bomber and
ensuing clashes with rebels at a checkpoint on the outskirts of
Damascus on Friday, an opposition monitoring group said.
Syrian state television reported the blast but did not
specify a death toll, saying only that several people had been
killed or wounded in a "terrorist bombing".
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said
Syrian fighter jets retaliated by striking nearby
opposition-held areas, where clashes erupted after a suicide
bomber blew himself up in a vehicle at an army checkpoint near
Jaramana, a suburb of the capital.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria
2-1/2-year-old conflict, which began with popular protests
against President Bashar Assad
before degenerating into civil