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Children killed in airstrike on Damascus nursery

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By Catherine Hardy  with Agencies
Children killed in airstrike on Damascus nursery

<p><br /> <br /> </p> <p>At least six children have been killed in a Syrian government airstrike on a nursery in a rebel-held district of Damascus.</p> <p>The activist organisation the “Unified Medical Bureau of Eastern Ghouta” has reported the death toll.</p> <p>The group says more than 25 children were wounded. </p> <p>Injured adults and children have been treated at facilities in the suburb of Harasta.</p> <p>The group is blaming government forces for the shelling, which reportedly happened mid-<br /> morning during playtime.</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a> Syria regime shelling kills six children in a kindergarten in the rebel-held town of Harasta: monitor</p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/795256024710127617">November 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A kindergarten near <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Damascus?src=hash">#Damascus</a> today. Rebel-held area of Harasta, after reported govt shelling. 4 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/children?src=hash">#children</a> killed. <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPphoto"><code>AFPphoto</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iraq?src=hash">#Iraq</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Syria?src=hash">#Syria</a> <a href="https://t.co/LGb1tsiZov">pic.twitter.com/LGb1tsiZov</a></p>&mdash; Jean-Marc Mojon (</code>mojobaghdad) <a href="https://twitter.com/mojobaghdad/status/795210684262858756">November 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Heartbreaking images</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>Pictures taken at the scene show young children covered in blood and being treated in hospital.</p> <p>A tiled floor, strewn with toys, seems to be splattered with blood.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>A rebel stronghold</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>Harasta is in the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus. </p> <p>The region is regularly targeted by government air strikes and shelling.</p> <p>More than 300,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began with anti-government protests in March 2011</p> <br /> <br />