July 20, 2017 / 12:35 PM / a month ago

Syrian rebel ambush kills 28 members of government forces near Damascus: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that rebels had killed at least 28 members of Syrian government and allied forces east of the capital Damascus on Thursday.

The Britain-based war monitor said a large number of fighters, including officers, had been killed or injured as they tried to advance into the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. It said the death toll was likely to rise.

The Syrian military was not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Gareth Jones

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