At least 53 civilians have been killed as Russian air struck the east Syrian village of Al-Shafah. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says 21 among the late civilians died on Sunday morning were children.
The village is in Deir al-Zour which is one of the last provinces where Islamic State still holds territory. Initially, SOHR told 34 were killed in strikes on residential buildings, but later the monitoring group's head said that the figure to be higher.
Rami Abdel Rahman said;
The toll increased after removing the debris in a long day of rescue operation,
Syria: Russian Air Strikes Leaving Dozens of Civilians Killed
Separately on Sunday, 23 people reportedly killed in a rebel-held enclave on the outskirts of Damascus. SOHR said that several towns in Eastern Ghouta had been destroyed by air strikes and artillery fire.
Neither of the reports has been independently verified. The monitoring group states 120 people were killed since the Syrian army began its offensive there nearly a couple of weeks ago.
After years of siege, conditions for Eastern Ghouta's 400,000 residents are dire, with reports of people dying of starvation.
Eastern Ghouta is one of several "de-escalation" zones in Syria announced by Russia, Iran, and Turkey earlier this year.