Syrian regime air strikes kill 20 civilians near Damascus

Syrian Civil Defense sources say several air strikes carried out by regime warplanes kill 20 civilians, wound 50 in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near capital Damascus

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A boy walks amid debris of destroyed buildings in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria.

Syrian civil sources said that at least twenty civilians were killed and 50 wounded on Wednesday including women and children due to regime air raids on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near capital Damascus in southern Syria.

The sources said the air strikes targeted the rebel-held towns of Zamalka and Misraba and the city of Douma.

The Eastern Ghouta, which is part of Syria’s Rif Dimashq province, has been besieged for the last three years by regime forces causing civilian deaths including children due to starvation amid sharp lack of medical and food supplies.

In the city of Madaya, which one of the besieged cities in Eastern Ghouta, there are more than 40,000 people including 20,000 civilians according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Meanwhile, in the western countryside of the capital Damascus the regime helicopters had dropped at least 48 barrel bombs on areas in the city of Darayya, while eight barrel bombs were dropped on areas of Muadamiyat al Sham city in the Western Ghouta.

The UN estimates the death toll in Syria, since the war started, to be at least 250,000, while the SOHR states that the numbers have now reached 350,000.

An estimated total of 350,000 refugees have sought asylum in European Union countries since the war began in Syria in 2011. Thousands are still fleeing to EU countries which has caused a global refugee crisis, making it necessary for a solution to be found to the Syria crisis.

Thousands of those refugees who were travelling illegally had either drowned or died on the way to a better life. The refugee influx into European countries has been described by The UN High Commissioner for Refugees as the biggest “dilemma” of our generation.

TRTWorld and agencies