45 killed Monday in bombardment of Syria enclave

Syrian regime forces enter the village of Utaya. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Beirut, Lebanon Mar 05, 2018, 03.21 PM (IST)

Syrian regime bombardment on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta killed at least 45 civilians on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britain-based war monitor said at least 19 of the victims were killed in the town of Hammuriyeh, where regime aircraft used crude improvised munitions known as "barrels bombs".

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The Observatory warned that toll could rise further as bodies were still being retrieved from the rubble.