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August 18, 2015
UN 'horror' as Syria air strikes kill nearly 100
Damascus (AFP) Aug 17, 2015
The death toll in Syrian government air strikes on a rebel-held town outside Damascus neared 100 on Monday, with UN officials expressing horror at the "unacceptable" attack. Sunday's raids on Douma, in the rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, were among the bloodiest regime attacks in Syria's four-year war. They came almost exactly two years after devastating chemical weapons attacks on the same region that much of the international community blamed on the Syrian government. The United Nations' ... read more

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