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Air strikes pound rebel-held area in Syria’s eastern Ghouta, killing 42

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Heavy air strikes targeted a rebel-held area of eastern Ghouta on Friday, killing 42 people and leaving more than 100 injuired in the town of Saqba and Kafr Batna neighbourhood, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory said Russian jets carried out the strikes, citing its activist network on the ground. Advancing Syrian government forces have splintered eastern Ghouta into three enclaves in an offensive that has been underway for a month.

The latest wave of air strikes hit the southernmost enclave of eastern Ghouta, from which thousands of civilians fled on Thursday into government-held territory.

Meanwhile, over 20,000 civillians fled the battered area, reported Russian military forces.