Airstrikes in eastern Damascus killed at least six people and injured more than a dozen others on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, citing local activists.

State media said the strike was carried out by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

An activist group said the group said it was responsible for the strike, which took place in the al-Rai neighborhood.

The Syrian Observatory, which tracks violence in the country, said government forces and allied militia were shelling the area.

The strikes were the latest in a string of military operations in the war-ravaged country, where regime forces and their allies have been advancing in areas near the border with Iraq.