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Dozens killed in bombings in Damascus, eastern Syria

Dozens killed in bombings in Damascus, eastern Syria
From CBC - November 17, 2017

At least five children and two rescue workers were killed Friday in a Damascus suburb during a government bombing campaign amid escalating violence in and around the capital despite a truce, activists reported.

State media said that rebels shelled government-controlled neighbourhoods of Damascus, killing at least three civilians.

Meanwhile, activists said militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group blew up a car bomb at a gathering of displaced Syrians in the eastern part of the country, killing dozens.

Friday marks the fourth day of violence in Damascus and its suburbs, despite a truce brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran that went into effect in August. So far, over 40 people have been killed, mostly in rebel-held suburbs but also in the government-controlled capital.

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Ghouta Media Center said five children were killed Friday in the eastern Ghouta suburb of Douma by government shelling. The two groups said at least two volunteers from the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets first responders, were killed in airstrikes during search and rescue efforts in Douma, and that another two civilians were killed in Douma.

Meanwhile, Syria's state news agency SANA said three civilians were killed in the rebel shelling of al-Hal Souk neighbourhood in Damascus. Rebels fired several mortars into a Damascus neighbourhood a day earlier, killing at least 10 civilians, including the coach of the national karate team, Fadhel Radhi.

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