Volunteers from the Syrian Civil Defence (known as the White Helmets) dig a girl out of the rubble following an air strike on Hamouria, in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus, on January 9, 2018. AFP / ABDULMONAM EASSA
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At least 24 civilians were killed from airstrikes and shelling in Eastern Ghouta Tuesday as Turkey accused forces loyal to President Bashar Assad of striking moderate forces, rather than militants.Despite being one of the agreed de-escalation zones the area has seen an upsurge in fighting in the last 12 days, with the civilian death toll since Dec. 29 rising to 148 including 33 children, according to the Observatory.According to Syrian state media SANA, three civilians were killed and 19 others wounded from mortar shells attacks from rebel forces targeting Qassaa and Bab Touma areas on the outskirts of Damascus.The Observatory reported that regime forces were less than 8 kilometers away from the strategic Abu Dhuhur airbase.
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