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Activists: Syrian aircraft hit homes near Damascus

Activists say that Syrian military aircraft have struck a rebel-held town near Damascus, as government forces intensify efforts to subdue opposition-held communities around the capital.

An activist who uses the name Mamoun Abu Saker says three strikes targeted homes in the town of Nashabiyeh on Monday.

Abu Saker says at least four people were killed, and others are still buried under rubble. He said two strikes first hit the homes, and then as people rushed to rescue casualties, another strike hit the same area.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the strikes, but not the death toll. The Observatory has a network of activists on the ground.

In recent months, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad are focusing their efforts on taking back a rebel-held ring of communities around Damascus.