Syrian activists said Sunday that President Bashar Assad's fighter jets bombed the Damascus suburbs on Sunday, calling it part of a government offensive to dislodge rebels from strategic locations around the capital.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes carried out the air strikes Sunday on towns and villages around the capital, including Kfar Batna and Gesereen, while regime forces bombarded other neighborhoods with artillery and mortars.

The Observatory also said regime troops were battling rebels in the suburb of Daraya, a day after government officials said the army had taken much of the strategic area lying on the edge of a major military air base just south of the capital. The group relies on reports from activists on the ground.

Meanwhile, Arab foreign ministers arrived in Cairo on Sunay for an emergency Arab League meeting to discuss assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Sources in Cairo airport said that foreign ministers and ministers of state from Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Palestine and Saudi Arabia arrived in the Egyptian capital on Sunday morning.

The meeting, called by Lebanon, will discuss assistance for the small Middle Eastern state in dealing with up to 250,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict.