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DAMASCUS, (AFP) – Violence killed at least 25 people across Syria on Saturday, mostly civilians, and hundreds more were trapped in Douma in Damascus province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The victims included a civilian shot dead by a sniper in Douma, an anti-regime activist in the central province of Hama, a rebel in Daraa, southern Syria, a family of three killed by shelling in the northwestern province of Idlib and four regime troops, the Britain-based watchdog said.

It warned of a “catastrophic humanitarian situation” in Douma which “has been subjected to a fierce military campaign since June 21.”

Violence has killed “scores and wounded hundreds” there since regime forces escalated attacks on the outlying suburb of Damascus, the group said.

“More than 100 families remain in the town, unable to flee and forced to take refuge in shelters,” the Observatory said, adding that most of those trapped are women and children, after the majority of the men fled repeated arrest sweeps.

Elsewhere, regime forces shelled the town of Rastan in the central province of Homs, the watchdog said, adding that it has been under rebel control since February.

Meanwhile an explosion rocked the Qaboon district of Damascus on Saturday, the Observatory said, while a blast hit the country’s second city Aleppo in the north. No casualties were immediately reported.

Another blast hit an oil pipeline in a rebel-held area of the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

The latest violence came amid fierce countrywide clashes, and a day after 75 people were killed nationwide.