Syrian regime warplanes killed 53 civilians on Friday, when the air raids targeted a local market in Kafr Batna and Jesrin residential areas in the opposition-held region of Eastern Ghouta, Syrian Civil Defense sources reported.
Houses in the targeted areas were severely damaged by the attack.
Since 2011 to date, the war in Syria has killed more than a quarter of a million people with most of the casualties occurring as a result of regime air strikes and barrel bombings in civilian areas.
As much as half the country’s population has also been displaced, either internally or externally.
Since Sept. 30, the Russian Air Force has also been conducting air strikes in Syrian territory.
Although Russia initially stated that its campaign would primarily target DAESH positions, reports from opposition forces on the ground and the US-led coalition against DAESH show that the air strikes are mainly targeting Syrian opposition groups fighting against the Assad regime, which has been making advances on the ground against the opposition since Russian began its intervention.
The Russian military recently said it is expanding the Shayrat Air Base in Syria’s central Homes Governorate so that it may accommodate fighter jets as part of its military campaign in the country.