Syrians walk past a heavily damaged building, following Syrian government air strikes, on March 31, 2016, in Deir Al-Assafir, a town in the opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta. / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY
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The death toll from air strikes in the Deir al-Asafir district southeast of Damascus has risen to more than 30, mostly women and children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the White Helmet civil defense group.Two strikes hit the outskirts of Deir al-Asafir and at least seven hit the village of Bala, just north of Deir al-Asafir, the Observatory said.The Observatory said 12 children, nine women, a teacher and an emergency response worker were among the 33 dead in Deir al-Asafir.The Observatory said Syrian government forces have been trying to surround Deir al-Asafir, which it said is still home to 2,700 families.
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