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    Tuesday, 20 February 2018

    100 civilians dead in Syria bombardment of rebel enclave

     
    At least 100 civilians, 20 of them children were killed in a Syrian army bombardment of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, a war monitor reported in a new toll Tuesday.
    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said the civilian death toll from Monday´s bombardment of the enclave outside Damascus was the heaviest since early 2015.
    The escalation came as pro-government forces were also expected to enter the northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, to take a stand against a month-old Turkish assault there.
    Held by rebels since 2012, Eastern Ghouta is the last opposition pocket around Damascus and President Bashar al-Assad has dispatched reinforcements there in an apparent concerted effort to retake it.
    A barrage of air strikes, rocket fire and artillery slammed into several towns across Eastern Ghouta on Monday.
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