Smoke rises from buildings following a reported air strike on a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, on May 22, 2017. AFP / Mohamad ABAZEED
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Intense clashes broke out in Syria's Daraa on Monday between government forces and insurgents with both sides shelling parts of the southern city that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and state media said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces fired 11 missiles on rebel-held parts of Daraa as insurgents, including members of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committees shelled government-held parts of the city.Daraa-based opposition activist Ahmad al-Masalmeh said insurgents repelled a government attack on the city's Manshiyeh neighborhood adding that troops fired as many as 20 missiles on the city.In the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, which is contested between ISIS and the Syrian government, airstrikes targeted several neighborhoods held by ISIS killing and wounded dozens.The Observatory said 10 people were killed, including three ISIS members.
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