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Children among 32 dead in airstrikes near Damascus – activists

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BNO NEWS) -- Syrian government forces have carried out airstrikes on a rebel-held village near the capital Damascus, killing at least 32 civilians, including six children, an activist monitoring group reported on Friday, describing the deadly airstrikes as a "massacre."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based monitoring group, said the airstrikes were carried out by government warplanes on the town of Hammourieh in the Ghouta region to the east of Damascus. It said two barrel bombs - which are oil drums filled with explosives and shrapnel - were dropped from two helicopters during the airstrikes.

"The government warplanes carried out several raids on areas on the town Hammourieh in the Eastern Ghouta, killing 32 people at least, including 6 children," the group said. "The death toll is expected to rise because there are dozens of wounded people, some of them seriously wounded."

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