An injured Syrian boy awaits treatment at a makeshift hospital following reported air strikes by government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on October 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY
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Warplanes believed to be Russian bombed targets in the southern Syrian province of Deraa for the first time Wednesday night, a rebel group operating in the area and an activist group said Thursday.If confirmed, the airstrikes on the Tal al-Hara area would be the furthest south Russian jets have struck in almost a month of airstrikes in support of President Bashar Assad.Elsewhere in Syria, the Observatory said Syrian government airstrikes on a market and a hospital killed at least eight civilians outside Damascus.Human rights groups say barrel bombings by the regime are the No. 1 killer in almost five-year war, claiming more civilian lives than ISIS attacks.Russia's intervention in Syria follows that of a U.S.-led coalition that has been carrying out strikes against ISIS in the country since September 2014 . According to the Observatory, the U.S.-led strikes have killed 3,649 people since they began, including 226 civilians.Russia has carried out strikes throughout Syria, with only four of the country's 14 provinces untouched by the aerial campaign since it began, according to the group.
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