Russian Federation denies report that seven planes were destroyed in Syria attack

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A monitor has said a majority of the strikes were carried out by Russian jets.

Last week, the government permitted Red Cross teams to evacuate 29 critically-ill patients from the Eastern Ghouta as part of a deal that saw rebels release the same number of prisoners.

Syrian regime forces battled Thursday to reach an encircled army base in rebel bastion eastern Ghouta, as a monitor said over 40 civilians and soldiers were killed in two days of bombardments.

The Khmeimim military airport, which hosts the biggest Russian airbase in Syria, was attacked for a second time in a row this week by a drone believed to belong to a faction in the countryside of Latakia, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The deadliest airstrikes hit the Hammuriyeh district, leaving 12 civilians including two children, the United Kingdom based war monitor said.

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State news agency SANA also said a woman was killed and 22 people wounded when a rebel shell hit a district in Damascus's Old City.

The Eastern Ghouta is designated a "de-escalation zone" by Russian Federation and Iran, the government's other main ally, along with Turkey, which backs the rebels.

The Syria Civil Defence said Russian jets fired "seismic missiles" on residential areas of Misraba overnight, causing several buildings to collapse.

A total of 400,000 people in Eastern Ghouta have been largely cut off from humanitarian aid since 2013, which aid workers say is a deliberate use of starvation as a weapon of war.

The United Nations had called for an emergency evacuation of almost 500 patients and an end to the siege to allow access for humanitarian medical and food aid. Last month, Russian officials said they completed a partial troop withdrawal ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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