Air strikes keep hitting Damascus day after 50 killed

Activists say new air strikes hit Damascus day after Russian air strikes in support of Assad forces killed 50 in Syrian capital as UN says civilian deaths "blot on collective conscience"

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Men search for belongings at a site hit by missiles in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria December 13, 2015

Syrian regime air strikes continued in Damascus on Monday a day after Russian air strikes in support of the regime killed 50 and wounded 200 in civilian areas of the Douma district, activist groups said.

The Douma disctrict of Damascus in Syria is located in the eastern Ghouta region of Damascus and is under the control of Syrian opposition groups.

Monday’s air strikes targeted Daraya, located in the southwest of the country, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said.

The attacks targeting a suburb of Daraya came shortly after deadly air strikes on Sunday killed 50, according to Syrian Civil Defence officials.

On Monday, the United Nations aid chief condemned attacks, saying that targeting civilians is unacceptable.

"Such indiscriminate attacks are unacceptable," said UN Humanitarian Coordinator Stephen O'Brien in a press conference in Damascus.

"A blot on our collective conscience."

He also called for sustained access to people in need during the press conference.


In late September, Russia announced that it would launch air strikes in Syria against DAESH in support of it’s close ally, Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad.

However, the SOHR has said that the Russian air strikes in Syria have killed 1,331 people including at least 403 civilians between September 30 to November 20 in 2015 and less than half of those killed in Syria by Russian air strikes were members if DAESH.

TRTWorld and agencies