Forty people, including several children, were killed in air strikes targeting rebel-held territory in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus.

The Syrian observatory for Human Rights said at least seven children were killed in air strikes in several parts of eastern Ghouta.

Amateur video showed adults and children running through smoke-filled streets from a school in Arbin, in the eastern Ghouta area, after one air strike.

Eastern Ghouta has long been a rebel stronghold, and is regularly targeted by government air strikes and artillery fire.