A man carries an injured child in a site damaged from what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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Twin suicide bomb blasts hit two restaurants in a Kurdish-controlled city in northeast Syria Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of people, a Kurdish official and an activist group said.Wednesday, Syrian troops fought their way into a rebel-held town in the southern province of Deraa in an assault which rebels said was supported by the heaviest Russian aerial bombing campaign so far in the south.In Sheikh Miskeen, troops were in the main square and had taken over the eastern and northern neighborhoods of the town, which lies on a major supply route from the Syrian capital, Damascus, to the city of Deraa, the army said in a statement.The army took the Brigade 82 base from the rebels Tuesday, lost it as bad weather set in, and took it once more overnight with the support of the airstrikes, rebels said.Securing the town would allow the army to press further south in mainly rebel-held towns such as Ibta, Dael and in Ataman near Deraa city.Rebels from another mainstream anti-Assad armed opposition alongside some Islamist groups said they shelled army posts in the city of Izra, a main government-held town that has major fortifications and is based to the east of Sheikh Miskeen.
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