Syrian regime airstrikes kill 34 in Douma: monitor

Published August 23rd, 2015 - 11:16 GMT
A wounded Syrian girl stands at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma following shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces on Aug. 22, 2015. (AFP/Abed Doumany)
A wounded Syrian girl stands at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma following shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces on Aug. 22, 2015. (AFP/Abed Doumany)

Syrian regime airstrikes killed at least 34 when they bombarded the rebel stronghold of Douma northeast of Damascus, AFP reported Sunday.

It's the second time in the past two weeks that government air raids have killed a mass number of people in the city in Eastern Ghouta near the capital. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 12 of the casualties on Saturday were children and eight were women. 

Rescuers were still working to find people under the rubble, the monitor said.

"Overnight, they found more victims underneath the rubble, and others who were wounded died," Observatory Director Rami Abdel-Rahman said.

On Sunday another 11 airstrikes hit Eastern Ghouta, the monitor said, an area regularly targeted by regime airstrikes. 

At least 117 people were killed on Aug. 16, AFP reported, after multiple airstrikes targeted a marketplace in Douma. 


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