Civilians killed

DAMASCUS – Syrian regime air raids on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus have killed 12 civilians, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the deaths of five people killed in regime barrel bomb raids in the Aleppo region in the north.

It takes the civilian death toll from such attacks in the province this week to 82.

Around the capital, the air force carried out five raids on Arbin in Eastern Ghouta, killing the 12 who included three women and two children, and wounding dozens, the Britain-based Observatory said.

It also said helicopters dropped 28 barrel bombs in the Zabadani area, the last rebel bastion near the border with Lebanon.

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