Russian fighter jets kill 50 civilians in Syria’s capital

Russian fighter jets kill 50 civilians and wound 200 people in Douma district of Syria’s capital Damascus

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

People walk past the rubbles of buildings are seen after the war crafts belonging to the Russian Army carried out airstrikes on opposition-controlled Douma district of eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria on Dec. 13, 2015.

Russian warplanes have attacked the Douma district of the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday morning, killing 50 civilians and wounding others 200 according to Syria's Civil Defence officials.

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

The Russians have launched heavy air strikes against opposition groups fighting contrary to the Syrian Assad regime, targeting Douma and the towns of Zamalka, Cobar, Hamuriye and Arbin in the region.

Syria’s Civil Defence officials have pointed out the fact that Russian air strikes were usually avoiding targets in rainy and foggy weather conditions.

However, the Russian jets have roughly made 100 air sorties against opposition targets in the eastern Ghouta region, under cloudy skies according to local sources.

The wounded have been hospitalised and treated in field hospitals in the eastern Ghouta region and many of them reportedly have heavy wounds, according to Civil Defense officials.

The latest Russian air strikes and civilian casualties have also been confirmed by Yusuf al Bustani, one of the Syrian opposition local coordination committee members. 

Bustani has indicated that, “Opposition-controlled areas of eastern Ghouta have been attacked by the Russian warplanes and the regime forces which pounded the region using missiles and mortars,” according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.

Russia began its bombing campaign in Syria on the side of the Assad regime on Sept. 30, targeting mostly Syrian opposition-held territories in the country other than DAESH, which has strongly been protested by Turkey, US, and the NATO alliance.

Russia has reportedly been targeting civilian locations since the beginning of its bombing campaign.

More than 250,000 people have been killed in Syria since the civil war started in 2011, between the Assad regime and opposition forces following the Arab Spring movement that swept a number of countries in the Middle-East and North Africa.

In addition, 6.7 million are reportedly displaced internally while at least 5 million have fled the country to the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan.

TRTWorld and agencies