Emergency personnel carry a wounded man following airstrikes by regime forces in rebel-held Douma, east of Damascus. AFP / SAMEER AL-DOUMY
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Syrian airstrikes on a Damascus suburb killed more than 80 people Sunday in one of the deadliest such raids of the 4-year-old civil war, as fighting escalated in and around President Bashar Assad's seat of power at a time when his overstretched forces have been losing ground elsewhere in the country.The strikes appeared to have been launched in retaliation for the capture of an army base in a nearby suburb a day earlier by the Islamist Army rebel group, which enjoys strong support in Douma.Douma is one of the largest suburbs of Damascus and has been held by rebels since the early days of Syria's conflict.Elsewhere, the Observatory said at least 27 opposition fighters and 15 government forces had been killed in battles since Saturday around the village of Tasneen, in central Homs province. Close to 12 million people have been uprooted by the country's conflict, with more than 4 million becoming refugees and another 7.6 million internally displaced.
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