Fresh Syria strikes kill 13

By Middle East Affairs

At least 13 civilians are dead after the Syrian government attacked rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in Syria on Thursday, AFP reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilians were killed in Douma, the main town of Eastern Ghouta, which is near to the capital of Damascus.

Three of the victims were children.

“It was raining on the area so there are no warplanes, but it seems the regime chose to use rockets instead,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the observatory, told AFP.

He also told the news agency that around 200 ground-to-ground rockets struck Douma.

The death toll since Sunday has now reached 335.

In retaliation, jihadist and Islamist groups have killed at least 15 people in Damascus through mortar rounds and rockets fired, AFP reports.

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