A Syrian army soldier distributes aid from Russian forces to civilians who fled eastern Ghouta, at a shelter in Adra near Damascus, Syria, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Rockets fired on a market in a government-controlled neighborhood of Damascus Tuesday killed 35 people and wounded more than 20 others, Syrian state-run media said, marking one of the highest death tolls in a single attack targeting the capital. The government blamed rebels in the eastern suburbs of Damascus for the attack on the Kashkol neighborhood. With government forces tied up in the monthlong offensive in Eastern Ghouta, Daesh (ISIS) militants seized a neighborhood on its southern edge, forcing the government to rush in reinforcements.Daesh militants captured the neighborhood of Qadam late Monday, a week after rebels had surrendered it to the government. There was no comment from the Syrian government following the Daesh seizure of Qadam.The government's assault on Eastern Ghouta has displaced 45,000 people, the United Nations said Tuesday, while tens of thousands more are living in desperate conditions in northern Syria, where a Turkish military campaign is underway.
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