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Death toll in Syria air strike nearing 100: activists

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The death toll from a Syrian government air strike northeast of Damascus neared 100, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Monday, making it one of the single bloodiest attacks of the four-year-long war.

The Observatory said 96 people were killed in Sunday’s attack, which hit a market in the rebel-held area of Douma.

95 bodies identified
Separately, rescue workers said 95 bodies had been identified and that a further nine victims had yet to be named.

A Syrian military source said the air force launched air strikes in Douma and the nearby area of Harasta against the headquarters of an insurgent group, Islam Army.

The Turkey-based Syrian political opposition group, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, said the attack was aimed at inflicting as many civilian casualties as possible.

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