A cloud of smoke rises following an air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, Feb. 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ABD DOUMANY
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At least 57 people were killed in Syrian government airstrikes on opposition areas around Damascus Thursday after rebels fired dozens of mortar rounds at the capital, an activist group said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group, said 12 children were among those killed in nearly 40 regime air raids on parts of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus province.The assault came after rebels fired a barrage of more than 100 rockets and mortar rounds at the capital, killing 10 people, including a child and a policeman.Rebel group Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) warned two days earlier that it would launch a barrage of missiles at the capital in response to deadly airstrikes on rebel-held Douma in Eastern Ghouta.
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