Russia pounds ISlamic state as maneuvers force flight rerouting

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BEIRUT: Russia has bombed the Islamic State group in the heaviest strikes in eastern Syria since the war began, as its military maneuvers in the Mediterranean forced Lebanon to reroute flights. Russian and Syrian warplanes carried out more than 70 strikes in eastern Deir Ezzor province Friday, killing at least 36 people including 10 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Most of the province, including large parts of its capital, is held by IS. Fighting raged Saturday between IS and regime forces around the airport, a day after clashes killed 30 people, 22 of them IS militants, according to the Observatory.

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