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In Syria Regime shelling kills six children in kindergarten - monitor

More than 300,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests

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The blood-stained floor of a kindergarten following reported shelling in the rebel-held area of Harasta, on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus, on November 6, 2016 play

The blood-stained floor of a kindergarten following reported shelling in the rebel-held area of Harasta, on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus, on November 6, 2016

(AFP)

At least six children were killed on Sunday in Syrian government shelling that hit a kindergarten in the rebel-held town of Harasta outside the capital Damascus, a monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said 17 people, most of them children, were also injured in the shelling.

An AFP photographer saw the body of one child, a girl, lying on a bed at a makeshift hospital, her face bloodied and her clothes torn.

At the kindergarten, smears of blood were left on the tiled floor, underneath a small red slide propped against a wall painted with children's drawings.

Harasta is in the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus, a region that is regularly targeted by government air strikes and shelling.

More than 300,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests

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