A convoy of pro-Syrian government fighters arrives in Syria’s northern region of Afrin.
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Pro-regime units retreat in Afrin; Ghouta death toll soarsPro-regime units were reportedly forced to retreat when they came under Turkish fire after entering Syria's Afrin, in an escalation of tensions between Ankara and Damascus. Meanwhile, activists said at least 100 people were killed in Eastern Ghouta Tuesday by Syrian and Russian airstrikes, bring the death toll over 48 hours to 250 – the highest since 2013 . Despite what appears to have been a deal struck between the two sides, Syrian President Bashar Assad has maintained that he intends to restore the entire territorial integrity of Syria – including what is now under Kurdish rule.Fierce airstrikes and shelling of Eastern Ghouta killed at least 100 for a second day running Tuesday, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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