Rebels entrenched in an eastern suburb of Damascus fired volleys of mortar shells into the Syrian capital on Sunday, killing three people, including a child, and wounding 33, Syria’s state-run news agency and residents said.

Government forces hit back with airstrikes that activists said killed at least 28 people.

The Damascus suburb, known as Eastern Ghouta, is held by rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad who often launch mortars into Damascus, his seat of power.

Sunday’s barrage — more than 40 mortar shells according to one report — was particularly strong and sustained, shaking residents out of bed in the early morning as shells struck residential districts.

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