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|BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels captured a helicopter base just outside Damascus Sunday in what an activist called a 'blow to the morale of the regime' near President Bashar Assad's seat of power, while the bombardment of a village near the capital killed at least eight children. Activists said the children were killed when Syrian warplanes bombed the village of Deir al-Asafir just outside the Damascus. The village is close to suburbs of the capital that has been witnessing clashes, shelling and air raids between troops and rebels over the past months. The Britain-based Syrian observatory for Human Rights said the bombardment of the village killed eight children. Another activist group, the Revolution Command Council said 10 children were killed when warplanes struck the village as they played outdoors.|
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