Death toll from Syrian regime airstrikes rises to 247 in ten days: monitor
Monitors said 117 people were killed in Douma after the regime launched airstrikes against the town on Aug. 16. (AFP/File)
Areas east of Damascus have faced heavy casualties from Syrian regime airstrikes as the death toll grew to 247 in the past ten days Tuesday, Reuters reported.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 50 of the casualties were children and another 1,000 were wounded in the attacks. The government has been targeting areas in Eastern Ghouta, including assaults on Aug. 16 that killed 117 people in Douma.
The Civil Defense, a rescue service in the region, declared Douma a disaster zone; the group has documented 265 deaths and estimated 1,200 injured.
Clashes continued between rebel forces and government troops nearby in the town of Harasta, where opposition fighters have currently launched an offensive against the regime-held area.
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