Syrian children wait to receive treatment at a makeshift hospital after being injured in an attack on Arbin, east of the capital.
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Airstrikes killed at least nine civilians in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus overnight and insurgent shelling from the rebel-held area landed near the Russian Embassy Tuesday, an activist group reported.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths in the airstrikes in the Eastern Ghouta town of Arbin marked the first civilian casualties since a Russian-backed truce in the area came into effect. The Observatory said the overnight airstrikes wounded 30 people in Eastern Ghouta while another four were injured by further airstrikes that targeted the area Tuesday morning.There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military on the report, and no mention of airstrikes by state media.Separately, Syrian national reconciliation minister, Ali Haidar, said in an interview with Reuters that Syria views a U.S. decision to halt CIA support to rebel groups fighting to topple Assad as a "start" toward ending the six-year conflict.Trump's comments came days after Gen. Tony Thomas, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, confirmed that the 4-year-old operation was brought to a close.The opposition decries them as a tactic of forcibly displacing people who oppose Assad after years of bombardment and siege.
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