A wounded boy reacts in a hospital in Douma after an airstrike on the rebel-held town of Mesraba, in the rebel-held besieged town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, November 26, 2017. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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Government airstrikes and shelling outside the Syrian capital killed at least 23 civilians, activists reported Sunday, as fighting in the area showed no signs of letting up ahead of the resumption of U.N. peace talks in Geneva.The government's jets and artillery launched a wave of attacks on residential areas in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group, which reported that 25 people had been killed. The locally run Ghouta Media Center said 23 civilians had been killed.Regime bombardment of Eastern Ghouta in the last two weeks has killed more than 100 people, according to the Observatory. The Observatory said at least 34 civilians were killed by a Russian airstrike.The U.N. is set to resume peace talks between the government and the Syrian opposition in Geneva on Nov. 28 .A day earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad in a phone call that the trilateral meeting between Iran, Russia and Turkey in Sochi that week was "a right step, at the right time" for the future of Syria.
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