Syrian regime drops 40 barrel bombs on Damascus countryside

Syrian regime warplanes drop around 40 barrel bombs on rebel-held Daraya city in countryside of Damascus in southern Syria

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Impact of heavy "Elephant" Rockets in Darayya

Updated Oct 2, 2015

Syrian regime warplanes on Wednesday dropped at least 39 barrel bombs on the district of Daraya in the countryside near Damascus in southern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for human Rights (SOHR) has reported.

“It rose to 39 at least the number of barrel bombs dropped by helicopters on areas in the city of Daraya in the Western Ghouta since morning,” the SOHR said on Wednesday.

No information regarding the number casualties has been released so far.

Regime forces targeted areas in the city of Erbeen in eastern Ghouta,

Meanwhile, clashes continue between regime forces and rebels in Harasta city in the northeastern suburb of Damascus.

The city of Darayya, which is said to be one of the oldest cities in Syria, has seen fierce battles between regime forces and armed opposition fighters during the four-year war in the country.

The city was captured by the Al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra-Front at 2012 but Syrian regime forces and pro-regime militias have recaptured the city from rebels twice, first in August 2012 and also in January 2013.

However, since late 2013 most of the city has been controlled by armed opposition groups and fighting continues there.

The four-year- long war in Syria has claimed the lives of approximately 350,000 people according to the SOHR. The SOHR has documented the deaths of 250,000 people since the start of the war. More than half of Syria's pre-war population of 22 million have been displaced internally and in neighbouring countries.

At least 350,000 refugees have sought asylum in European countries since the war in Syria began in 2011. Thousands are still pushing towards European countries, which has created a refugee crisis and additional pressure for a solution to be found to the conflict in Syria.

TRTWorld and agencies