May 4, 2016 / 7:27 AM / in a year

Air raids hit east of Damascus after 'calm' expires: Observatory

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes targeted a Syrian rebel-held area east of Damascus on Wednesday after an agreement aimed at halting the fighting there expired at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The Observatory also reported fighting between rebel groups and government forces in the area targeted in the air strikes in the town of Deir al-Asafir in the Eastern Ghouta.

Moscow announced on Monday the temporary truce it brokered with the United States had been extended until the end of May 3. No further extension has been declared.

Writing by Tom Perry; editing by John Stonestreet

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