Regime air strike kills at least 100 civilians in Damascus

Syrian warplanes strike market in rebel-held area in northeastern Damascus killing more than hundred people, wounding at least 250 others

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Aug 17, 2015

At least 100 people were killed and 250 others wounded on Sunday after an air strike carried out by the Syrian regime air forces on a marketplace in the northeastern rebel-held neighbourhood in the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The death toll in the attack on Douma neighbourhood, some 15 km (10 miles) northeast of Damascus city, in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus, is expected to raise since dozens are in a critical condition, the SOHR said.

A Syrian military source said that the Syrian air force had carried out the attack on the nearby area of Harasta and Douma, according to Reuters. They said air strikes targeted the headquarters of the prominent and biggest opposition armed group, Islam Army, which is led by Zahran Alloush.

Meanwhile, the regime warplanes targeted Daria city in the West Ghouta with barrel bombs, the SOHR added.

In Zabadani city, in the Southern Damascus province, at least 16 barrel bombs were dropped by regime warplanes on Sunday, after the opposition announced the collapse of the truce, which was started on Wednesday between rebels and Regime forces allied to Hezbollah militias, the SOHR said.   

As of June 30, at least 19,205 air strikes were carried out by the regime’s air force, this year alone, the SOHR reported.

The regime’s helicopters dropped at least 10,433 barrel bombs on different areas in Syria, killing more than 2,916 civilians, including 456 women and 665 children, while 18,000 other civilians were wounded.

According to the UN, at least 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in 2011. More than 6.7 million civilians have also fled the country while millions of others were internatlly displaced acrros the country. 

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