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Dozens dead in Syria air strike

A Syrian government air strike has hit an opposition-held suburb of the capital shortly after Friday prayers, killing at least 35 people, scattering bodies and rubble in the streets and setting at least one building on fire, activists said.

An activist based near the capital who goes by the name of Abu Yazan said the air raid struck near a popular market in the town of Hamouriyeh, just east of Damascus.

The Local Co-ordination Committees, an activist collective, said the strike hit people leaving a mosque, killing 35 people.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 42, including six children. It said the number of dead is expected to rise because many people were seriously wounded.

Casualty figures often differ in Syria in the chaotic aftermath of an attack.

Syria's crisis began with an uprising against President Bashar Assad, then turned into a civil war. So far, 220,000 people have been killed.

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