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Syria: At least 11 killed in Damascus air raid, activists claim

last update: January 30, 16:52

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Beirut, 30 January (AKI) - At least 11 people, including five children and two women died in a strike by the Syrian airforce Thursday on a Damascus suburb, opposition activists said.

The victims died when Syrian airforce planes dropped barrel bombs on the Damascus suburb of Daraya, activists from the Local Coordination Committees said on their Facebook page.

Direct talks in Geneva were due to end Friday between the western-backed main Syrian opposition bloc and the Syrian government aimed at ending the almost three-year conflict between rebels and forces loyal to authoritarian president Bashar al-Assad.

The UN peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi told journalists Wednesday he did not see the talks achieving "anything substantive".

The vexed issue of a transition of power has been the main sticking-point.

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