45 killed in army assault in southern Syria: Watchdog

BEIRUT (AFP) - Five children were among at least 45 people killed in southern Syria as the army launched an all-out assault on two towns in Daraa province, a watchdog said on Thursday.

"The number of people killed by gunfire, shelling, summary executions and clashes pitting rebels against troops on Wednesday in the towns of Al-Sanamein and Ghabagheb has risen to 45," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.