A general view shows explosions lighting the sky following regime air strikes in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. / AFP / Ammar SULEIMAN
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Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting raged on there after a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes and artillery killed nine people and injured 31 in the eastern suburbs.Iranian Gen. Mohammad Baqeri, whose government backs Syrian President Bashar Assad, said Tehran and Damascus would respect the U.N. resolution.Several ceasefires have unraveled quickly during the seven-year war in Syria, where Assad's military has gained the upper hand with the help of Iran and Russia.The U.N. resolution Saturday followed seven straight days of bombing by pro-government forces on eastern Ghouta, in one of the bloodiest offensives of the war.Baqeri said Iran and Syria would adhere to it.
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