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14 civilians killed in fresh air raids on Syria's Ghouta: Monitor


Beirut, March 5: At least 14 civilians were killed overnight in fresh air raids by the Syrian regime on the besieged rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta , a monitor said on Monday.

This frame grab from video released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense group and civilians carrying victims after airstrikes hit in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March. 1, 2018. PTI photo

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said barrel bombs -- crude, improvised munitions that cause indiscriminate damage -- were used, including on the town of Hammuriyeh, where 10 people were killed.

Assad's forces have seized over a quarter of the enclave on Damascus's eastern edges after two weeks of devastating bombardment, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor.

Last month, the advance on the back of air strikes, artillery fire and rocket attacks that are reported to have killed more than 650 civilians, sent hundreds into the flight to western parts of the enclave.


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