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Warplanes bomb Damascus suburbs

BEIRUT — Syrian fighter jets on Sunday bombed ­Damascus suburbs in a government offensive to dislodge rebels from strategic areas around the capital, activists said, as clashes raged around army bases and airfields in the country’s north.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes were hitting towns and villages around the capital, while regime forces targeted other neighborhoods with artillery and mortars. At least nine people were killed when a shell hit eastern ­Ghouta district, the group said.

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