Smoke rises from Eastern Ghouta following fresh airstrikes and rocket fire. AFP / STRINGER
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A Russian call for a five-hour truce Tuesday failed to halt one of the most devastating campaigns of the Syrian war, where residents said government warplanes resumed striking the Eastern Ghouta region Tuesday after a brief lull.Hundreds of people have died during 10 days of government bombardment of the Eastern Ghouta, an area of towns and farms on the outskirts of Damascus.It excludes some militant groups which are among the rebels in Eastern Ghouta.A rebel spokesman said people in Eastern Ghouta did not want to leave the area despite the bombardment, because they feared arrest, torture or conscription by the government.Eastern Ghouta, where the U.N. says around 400,000 people live, is a major target for Assad, whose forces have clawed back numerous areas with military backing from Russia and Iran.Rebels based in Eastern Ghouta have intensified shelling of government-held Damascus. Syrian state media reported eight people injured by rebel shelling Tuesday.
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