Syria ceasefire attacks continue: Barrel bomb kills eight in Daraa

Published September 19th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Children play on the rubble of a destroyed building in the rebel-held city of Daraa, Syria. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)
Children play on the rubble of a destroyed building in the rebel-held city of Daraa, Syria. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)

At least eight civilians were killed in a barrel bomb attack carried out Sunday by Syrian regime in the southwestern city of Daraa.

A regime helicopter dropped barrel bomb on a residential neighborhood in Dael town, north of Daraa, a local civil defense official said anonymously due to security concerns.

“Eight people were killed and 12 others injured in the attack,” he told Anadolu Agency.

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

The Syrian Center for Policy Research, however, put the death toll from the six-year conflict at more than 470,000 people.

By Khaled Suleiman


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