35 dead in Ghouta after Syria attack

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By Middle East Affairs

At least 35 people are dead after the Syrian government and its allies attacked eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Monday, Reuters reports.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll included five children and came from air strikes, rocket fire and shelling.

Rebel groups in eastern Ghouta fired mortars at government-controlled areas of Damascus, which killed a child and eight others, according to Syrian state media.

Eastern Ghouta has been beseiged by rebels since 2013. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has gained strength in his opposition since Russia joined him as an ally in 2015.

According to the Observatory, the pro-regime army and its allies were preparing a military offensive in eastern Ghouta.

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