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21 children among those killed in Syrian government strikes

A Syrian man carries an injured child in a make-shift hospital following regime air strikes on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region.
A Syrian man carries an injured child following air strikes on the besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region. Photo: Hamza Al-Ajweh / AFP / Getty Images

More than 130 Syrians have been killed by Assad regime airstrikes since Monday, the BBC reports, with strikes in Eastern Ghouta killing 80 people, including 21 children, on Tuesday alone.

The backdrop: U.N. senior advisor Jan Egelan has called Eastern Ghouta "the epicenter of suffering" in Syria. Al Jazeera notes that the area "is one of the last remaining opposition strongholds," making it a major target for Syrian and Russian forces.