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Syrian warplanes kill 19 in Deraa province

The casualties include seven women and two children, the Syrian Observatory reports

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At least 19 people were killed, including seven women and two children, when Syrian government warplanes struck the town of Jassim in the southern province of Deraa on Sunday, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Dozens of others were wounded and the death toll was expected to rise because a number were in critical condition, the Observatory said.

The Observatory added that the regime air force carried out 11 raids in the town al-Sheikh Meskin in Deraa Province, where regime forces, supported by Hezbollah militias battled rebel fighters.

Meanwhile, a man reportedly died in the town of Nawa under torture inside a regime jail, the monitoring group said.

In Rif Dimashq Province, regime warplanes reportedly dropped 14 barrel bombs with no information on casualties.

Fighting also continued in the Kurdish town of Kobane, northwest of Raqqa on the border with Turkey, where Kurdish defenders have been holding off an assault by Islamic State fighters for more than two months, according to Reuters.

At least 62 people have been killed in fighting in Kobane, known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, since early on Saturday, the Observatory said.

[With Reuters]