At least 28 people, including children, have been killed during the “heavy bombardment” of a besieged rebel-stronghold east of the Syrian capital.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Assad regime forces fired rockets at parts of the opposition-held Eastern Ghouta region and the town of Douma, 15 kilometres north-east of the capital, Damascus.
The attack area included a school zone.
On its website, the observatory said one of the people killed was a pregnant woman.
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said air strikes also hit two towns in the region, but it was unclear whether they were carried out by Syrian or Russian warplanes.
The areas have been under heavy bombardment in recent months.
The Syrian army has said its strikes target insurgents that have launched attacks on government-held areas.
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