Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk has become one of Daesh’s last urban strongholds. AFP / Rami al SAYED
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Syrian regime airstrikes and shelling killed 17 civilians including seven children Friday in the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in southern Damascus, a Britain-based activist group said. Government forces have pounded southern districts of the capital since April 19 to try to expel Daesh (ISIS) from the area, after the militants refused to leave under an evacuation deal.That bombardment intensified Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said, as regime forces advanced against Daesh inside the districts.At least 74 regime personnel and 59 Daesh fighters have been killed in eight days of fighting in southern Damascus, the monitor said.More than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria's war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
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