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Air strike near Damascus kills 17

World News – Air strike near Damascus kills 17* Beirut (UNN) An air strike Monday on several houses in the rebel-held town of Moadamiyat al-Sham southwest of Damascus killed at least ten children and seven women.

According Britain-based watchdog has confirmed the identities of eight child victims, all members of the same clan, said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

The children were aged between six months and nine years old,” Abdel Rahman said, adding that five women were also killed in the strike.

Amateur video posted online by activists, which could not be verified, showed several buildings damaged in the attack.

Several bloodied bodies could be seen in the rubble. Regime warplanes on Monday also struck Daraya, near Moadamiyat al-Sham, said the Observatory without giving details.

According to the watchdog, which relies on a network of activists, doctors and lawyers inside Syria, more than 3,500 children have been killed in Syria’s 22-month conflict.

The army has in recent weeks stepped up its bid to take back key rebel enclaves in towns east and southwest of Damascus, as it seeks to stamp out insurgency around the capital./UNN / E Pakistan News

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