Government raid on Damascus suburb kills seven civilians

Published August 24th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
This file photo taken on November 9, 2015 shows workers constructing a layered cemetery in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus to make space for the burial of the increasing number of casualties due to airstrikes by the Syrian regime. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
This file photo taken on November 9, 2015 shows workers constructing a layered cemetery in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus to make space for the burial of the increasing number of casualties due to airstrikes by the Syrian regime. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)

At least seven civilians were killed and another 13 wounded in shelling Tuesday by the Assad regime on cities and towns in eastern Ghouta, Damascus.

The attacks targeted residential neighborhoods in the cities of Doma, Kafr Batna, and Zamalka, in addition to the town of Beit Sawa, resulting in the death of seven civilians, including two children, pro-opposition civil defense sources told Anadolu Agency.

Speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking with the media, the sources added that the attacks caused large destruction in the targeted areas, as the regime warplanes fired around 20 rockets.

Cities and towns in eastern Ghouta have been shelled repeatedly by Syrian regime forces, killing and wounding thousands of civilians, amid dire humanitarian conditions due to the three-year-plus siege of the area.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests – which erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings – with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, more than a quarter-million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced across the war-battered country, according to the UN.


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