Members of Syria's armed opposition and soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen in Babila town, southeast Damascus in this February 17, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri/Files
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Syria's air force bombarded a suburb northwest of Damascus on Wednesday, killing eight people and violating a truce that had been in place since October, activists said.Rebels in Qudsaya had reached a truce with the regime in October, after which rebels and pro-regime local militia set up joint checkpoints there.Farther north, Syria's army backed by Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah and paramilitary forces took over a small village in the Qalamoun area on the Lebanon border, four days after seizing the rebel bastion of Yabrud.More than 146,000 people have been killed in Syria's war, and nearly half of the population has been displaced.
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