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Dozens of casualties fall in Syrian air attacks

AMMAN, Aug 24 (KUNA) -- The Syrian warplanes attacked towns in the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus and the northern governorate of Idlib on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding dozens of others.
The attacks, including ones with barrel bombs on Doma in the Eastern Ghouta, resulted in nine civilian deaths among who were five children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported, expecting the death toll to rise further as many of the wounded are in critical condition.
In the nearby Hamouria town at least three people were killed in a similar air attack while fierce battles continue in Al-Zabadani district in Damascus between the armed opposition groups, on one hand, and the regular troops, the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and the Palestinian Liberation Army, on the other.
In Idlib at least 14 people were killed and scores of others wounded in barrel bomb attacks on Al-Bara village, Jebel Al-Zawya district, according to the report.
The opposition groups have pounded positions of the regular troops and pro-regime militias in the capital city and its rural outskirts with mortar shells which wounded 20 people.
SOHR said it documented eight fatalities among the ranks of Hezbollah in the last 48 hours in the mountainous areas of Latakia, northwest Syria. (pickup previous) tk.gb