Smoke rises from buildings following a reported air strike on a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, on May 22, 2017. / AFP / Mohamad ABAZEED
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Intense clashes broke out in Deraa Monday between government forces and insurgents, with both sides shelling parts of the southern city that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and state media said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces fired 11 missiles on rebel-held parts of Deraa as insurgents, including members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham shelled government-held parts of the city.Deraa-based opposition activist Ahmad al-Masalmeh said insurgents repelled a government attack on the city's Manshiyeh neighborhood, adding that troops fired as many as 20 missiles on the city.State news agency SANA said the shelling of government-held parts of the city wounded two women and a child, adding that the Syrian government respects the Astana deal but has vowed to retaliate to any violation.
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