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Fresh air strikes kill 8 in Syria’s rebel town of Douma

A Syrian man escaping with his child after an Assad regime attack on Douma on Feb. 7
Fresh air strikes pounded the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma on Saturday, killing eight people after a night of heavy bombing on the opposition holdout outside Damascus, Al-Arabiya said.
"The bombing still hasn't stopped. There are three warplanes in the sky and two helicopters," Firas al-Doumi, a rescue worker inside Douma, told AFP on Saturday morning.
Douma is the last rebel-controlled town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, a sprawling suburb of Damascus that was once the opposition's bastion on the edge of the capital.
Backed by Russia, Syrian troops have recaptured 95 percent of Ghouta through a fierce air and ground assault, as well as negotiated withdrawals.
In an apparent bid to pressure Jaish al-Islam -- the Islamist group that holds the town -- to withdraw, Syria's government on Friday resumed bombardment of the town after a more than week-long lull.
Air strikes and shelling on Friday left 40 civilians dead including eight children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
The Britain-based Observatory said warplanes were hitting across Douma on Saturday, as regime artillery fire hit neighboring agricultural fields.

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