Syrian army planes bomb Damascus suburb, violating rebel-regime truce
Syria’s government air force on Wednesday bombed a northwestern suburb of Damascus, killing eight people, activists reported.
The bombing also violated a truce that was made between rebels and regime fighters in October, according Agence France Presse (AFP).
“Seven men have been killed in air strikes targeting the edges of Qudsaya, and an eighth man was shot dead by an army sniper,” a report from the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The number of anti-regime activists killed in the bombing is unknown, the group added, according to AFP.
Qudsaya’s rebels made a truce with fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in October, when it was agreed that opposition forces and pro-regime militia groups would set up joint checkpoints in the area.
Qudsaya activist Mohammad Ali told AFP in an interview over Skype: “We don’t know what’s going to happen next. We are in the dark. We didn’t expect this”.
Ali also expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in the Damascus suburb, as the truce has safely allowed thousands of families from elsewhere in Syria to seek safety in Qudsaya, according to AFP.