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Feb
05

Air strikes pound Syria's last rebel strongholds, gas chokes civilians

Air strikes pound Syria's last rebel strongholds, gas chokes civiliansBy Lisa Barrington BEIRUT (Reuters) – Warplanes launched heavy attacks on the two last major rebel-held areas in Syria, killing at least 29 people in the Ghouta suburb near the capital and choking people with gas in Idlib in the northwest, rescue workers and a war monitor said on Monday. President Bashar al-Assad’s government has vowed to retake all of Syria from rebels who have lost large swaths of the territory they have held in a war now entering its eighth year. A years-long siege on the last major rebel-held area near the capital Damascus, the suburb of eastern Ghouta, has tightened in recent months.