Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged rebel-held town of Hamouria in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 3, 2018. / AFP / ABDULMONAM EASSA
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Fighting rocked Syria's Eastern Ghouta Sunday as rebels battled to retake territory seized in a devastating regime assault on the last major opposition enclave near Damascus.Regime forces engaged in clashes with rebels in the eastern area of the enclave Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, after advances in recent days that saw the regime seize control of 10 percent of the region.Rami Abdel-Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Observatory, said at least 12 regime fighters had been killed in two areas, Al-Rihan and Shifoniya, in overnight clashes with the Jaish al-Islam rebel group.The Observatory said some 2,000 civilians had fled regime shelling and clashes in eastern parts of the enclave.On Saturday, 18 civilians, including three children, were killed in regime bombardment of Eastern Ghouta, according to the Observatory.At least 76 pro-regime fighters and 43 rebels from Jaish al-Islam have also been killed in clashes since Feb. 25, it says.
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