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Syria intensifies offensive to retake Deraa

Thousands of civilians are fleeing Deraa as Syrian government helicopters continue to drop barrel bombs as part of an offensive against the last rebel stronghold in southwest Syria.

Syrian activists report at least four civilians were killed when 25 Russian air raids targeted eastern parts of Deraa and thousands have been forced from their homes. Retaking Deraa has become a major focus of the Syrian government, backed by Moscow and Tehran. The city is where anti-government protests first began in 2011.

Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports.