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Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in besieged eastern Ghouta

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Despite a drop in intensity, shelling and bombardment in the Syrian capital and its embattled eastern suburbs killed at least six people Sunday following the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria, opposition activists and residents of Damascus said.

Attacks on residential areas appear to have shifted to strikes on front lines where some of the most intense fighting took place throughout the day between government forces and their allies against insurgents. State media said that troops pushed into the eastern suburbs, reports that the opposition denied.

Opposition activists reported clashes on the southern edge of the rebel-held suburbs, known as eastern Ghouta, and two airstrikes late on Saturday night, shortly after the resolution was adopted. During the day Sunday, more shelling and airstrikes were reported in eastern Ghouta and Damascus.

The drop in violence came after a week of intense airstrikes and shelling that killed more than 500 people in eastern Ghouta and left dozens dead or wounded in the government-held Damascus, which rebels pelted with mortar shells. (AP)

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Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in besieged eastern Ghouta

Damaged cars and buildings are seen in the besieged town of Douma, eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Ammar Suleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

People inspect missile remains in the besieged town of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A Syrian medic treats a wounded child at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, following air strikes by regime forces on the area on Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Hamza Al-Ajweh /AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A Syrian youth checks the site of Syrian government bombardments in Hamouria, in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa /AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Hala, 9, receives treatment at a makeshift hospital following Syrian government bombardments on rebel-held town of Saqba, in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Civil defence help a man from a shelter in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Mohammed Abu Anas runs with an injured boy in the besieged eastern Ghouta town of Hamouriyeh near Damascus, Syria, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A member of the Syrian Civil Defense group rescues a young girl from a building damaged by airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria on Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A Syrian civil defence member carries an injured child rescued from between the rubble of buildings following government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 19, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa /AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A Syrians youth runs following an air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018.
(Photo: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Smoke plumes rise following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Jisreen in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, Syria on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in besieged eastern Ghouta

A Syrian man reacts following an air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

An injured Syrian is helped out of the rubble following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A Syrian baby waits to receive treatment in a makeshift clinic following air strikes in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018.
(Photo: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime air strikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Syrian children covered in dust walk out of a shop following reported Syrian air force strikes in the rebel-held town of Saqba, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital following reported Syrian air force strikes in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Syrian civil defence volunteers carry away an injured man after reported regime air strikes in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Relative of a Syrian child, who lost his life after Assad Regime carried out airstrikes over Arbin town of the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus which is a de-escalation zone in Syria on Feb. 08, 2018. (Photo: Dia Al-Din/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Syrian civilians flee from reported regime air strikes in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A wounded Syrian man receives medical treatment at a hospital after Assad Regime carried out airstrikes over Arbin town of the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus which is a de-escalation zone in Syria on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Dia Al-Din/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Syrian civlians flee from reported regime air strikes in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonan Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A man holds a child after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A Syrian air force MiG-23 jet drops a payload during a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Amer AlMohibany/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Smoke plumes rise following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, Syria on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Amer AlmohibanyAFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A Syrian man searches for people in a fire following regime air strikes on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

An injured woman is carried on a stretcher after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A boy injured in the Feb. 6 bombings receives treatment at a hospital in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A woman gestures as she walks on rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A man reacts after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Children are seen near rubble after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Civilians and civil defense volunteers look for the remains of missing people stuck under the rubble for more than five hours, after a bombing by forces loyal to Syrian goverment, in Douma, eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A wounded Syrian girl is being taken to a hospital after Assad Regime carried out airstrikes to Zemalka town of besieged Eastern Ghouta, which is a de-escalation zone in Damascus, Syria on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Khaled Akasha/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Civilians walk among rubble of a collapsed building after bombing in Douma, eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A Syrian Civil Defense group, known as the White Helmets, paramedic carries his wounded son fleeing from the scene of an attack after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

An artifical leg lies along with the bodies of people killed after a bombing in a morgue in Douma, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A boy is seen taking pictures after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A man reacts as he is carried on a stretcher after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A man reacts as he is carried on a stretcher after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Civil defence members and civilians are seen running after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

A child is partly buried in rubble after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Syrian regime airstrikes kill hundreds in eastern Ghouta

Items belongingto an injured man at a hospital after bombing in Douma, eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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