A female Syrian soldier from the Republican Guard commando battalion fires a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) during clashes with rebels in the restive Jobar area, in eastern Damascus, on March 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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Syrian government airstrikes and shelling in the country's south killed at least 18 people on Thursday, including three children, opposition activists said.The fighting in southern Syria coincided with rebel gains in the north near the city of Idlib, where a consortium of rebels launched an offensive earlier this week.Heavy fighting raged around Idlib in northwestern Syria on Thursday as rebels pressed ahead with their offensive against the government stronghold. It said at least 11 government fighters and 17 rebels have been killed over the past 24 hours.
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