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Syria: Child rescued from rubble after shelling

Footage of a young child being rescued after it became trapped under rubble from heavy shelling has emerged.

Video showed the crying child being dragged from beneath debris to safety following government shelling in eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.

The youngster was one of many people injured in Tuesday's attack, which also claimed the lives of 15 adults and six children.

An adult, trapped along with the child, pushed them into the hands of rescuers from the Syrian Civil Defense in Rural Damascus.



IS 'kidnap more than 300 workers near Damascus'

The Al Badia Cement plant near Damascus Credit: Al Badia Cement

So-called Islamic State have abducted more than 300 cement workers near Damascus, according to Syrian state TV.

The militants launched an assault against government forces in the area this week.

The workers and contractors of Al Badia Cement company - which according to its LinkedIn page employs between 201 and 500 employees - were taken from near the town of Dumeir and the company had lost all contact with them, state TV quoted the industry ministry as saying.

The workers were taken from near the town of Dumeir Credit: Google maps

'At least 62' killed in blasts in Syrian capital

Credit: Reuters

At least 62 people have been killed in multiple bomb blasts in the Syrian capital Damascus, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Four blasts hit a district which is home to a Shi'ite shrine. Another 180 people were wounded, the Observatory said.

Twin car bombs also killed at least 57 people in Homs, the monitoring group said.

The wave of violence comes as the US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria and the sides were closer to a ceasefire than ever before.

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