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12 January 2018, 10:48 | Devin Moran
A Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet takes off from the Hmeymim air base near Latakia Syria
Attacks on Eastern Ghouta, which lies on the outskirts of Damascus, the capital, have been frequent in recent days and are believed to be part of the Syrian government's assault on rebel-held positions in the area.
Some 400,000 people in the area have been under siege by Russian-backed Syrian government forces since 2013.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to United Nations officials.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Assad forces have been bombing Eastern Ghouta since November 14.
Russian Mi-24 helicopter crashed in Syria due to a technical malfunction, according to the defense Ministry.
Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in Syria , is controlled mostly by rebels from the Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) group.
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