Airstrikes on Damascus suburb held by rebels kill over 10 including children

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Sunday 16 July 2017

Smoke rises above the city after the strikes on Friday (SkyNews)

At least 10 people have been killed by air strikes in the opposition-held Damascus suburb of Ein Tarma, according to a UK-based monitor, Al-Jazeera reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said at least two children were among those killed in the air strikes on Friday.

The assault took place in the Eastern Ghouta region, which has been partially besieged by the Syrian government since 2013.

Located about 15km outside of Damascus, the region is the biggest remaining oppisition bastion in the Syrian capital’s suburbs.

SOHR said several people were seriously injured and the death toll was expected to rise, Al-Jazeera added.

In recent weeks, government forces have been heavily bombarding Ein Terma, which links the Eastern Ghouta area to the opposition-held Damascus neighbourhood of Jobar, according to SOHR, according to Al-Jazeera.

Video posted by the Syria Civil Defence – also known as The White Helmets – shows what is believed to be the aftermath of Friday’s attack, Al-Jazeera explained.

According to SOHR, Friday’s air strike is the biggest loss of life in the Eastern Ghouta region since April when 18 people were killed in an attack on Saqba, Al-Jazeera indicated.


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