23 militants killed in Syria blast

Eastern Ghouta is one of four

Eastern Ghouta is one of four"de-escalation zones announced in May

A woman, a man and a child were killed and seven more people were wounded in shelling on a town of Hammuriyeh in Eastern Ghouta area near the capital Damascus, SOHR said.

Under a plan hammered out in May between Russia, Turkey and Iran at peace talks in Kazakhstan, four "de-escalation zones" were to be established across swathes of Syria to ease fighting between regime and opposition forces.

The Hammuriyeh attack came a day after government shelling killed five civilians and wounded 10 more in the nearby town of Kfar Batna, according to SOHR.

A bomber detonated an explosive belt at a base used by Jaish al-Islam near the Nasib border crossing on Friday, the war monitor group said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but jihadists linked to the Islamic State group have attacked rebels in southern Syria.

"Most of the 23 fighters killed were from Jaish al Islam". Such violations would be curious, as while Syria is taking territory further south, along the Jordan border, there doesn't appear to be any real military reason for the strikes in either zone.

Syria's uprising erupted in Daraa province in March 2011 with widespread protests calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.

The fourth zone, in northwestern Idlib province, has yet to be implemented.

The conflict has drawn in global powers, including Russian Federation, which has carried out bombing raids in support of Assad's forces since September 2015.

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