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25 killed in Syria government air strikes

  • At least 25 people, many of them children, were killed in two Syrian government air strikes on Sunday.

    According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), one strike hit a suburb of Damascus, killing at least nine children.

    The air strike in the capital hit the suburb of Qaboun, which has seen frequent fighting between the Syrian military, loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and rebel forces.

    A second strike hit rebel-controlled areas in the Kurdish-majority Hasaka province, leaving at least 16 people dead.

    Three women and two children were among those killed in Hasaka, the SOHR said.

    SOHR monitors human rights violations on both sides of the conflict using a network of contacts across Syria.

    It estimates that March was the bloodiest month in the two-year conflict, with more than 6,000 people killed, a third of which were civilians.

    According to the United Nations, around 70,000 people have been killed since the start of the uprising against Assad in March 2011.

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