Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bombings On A Rebel Region Near Damascus, 19 Dead

At least 19 civilians, including six children, were killed on Tuesday in heavy aerial bombardments in several parts of the eastern Ghouta, a rebel area near Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) said.

This provisional assessment brings to 49 the number of civilians killed in two days of air strikes on the eastern Ghouta, an insurgent stronghold located to the east of the Syrian capital.

"There has been a series of air raids throughout the day (Tuesday) and the balance could increase," warned the director of the OSDH, Rami Abdel Rahmane.

According to him, the strikes hit the localities of Jisrine, Kafr Batna, Douma - the main city of the region - and an area between the cities of Hammuriyah and Saqba, where the record was heaviest with 14 Deaths.

An AFP photographer in Douma saw injured children sitting on the floor in an improvised clinic, covered in blood and dust, waiting to be taken care of.

Another AFP photographer in Saqba saw people perched on the rubble of buildings in a cloud of dust, trying to clear the rubble by hand to find signs of life.

The eastern Ghouta, subjected to a seat of the Syrian regime since 2012, is regularly targeted by numerous aerial bombardments and artillery fire.

This region is the last stronghold of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad near Damascus, although in recent months the rebels of the region have signed so-called "reconciliation" agreements by which they evacuated some of the cities They controlled.

Elsewhere in Syria, at least 58 people were killed on Tuesday in an alleged chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel town in the northwestern province of Idleb, according to the OSDH.

The war in Syria, which began in 2011, left more than 320,000 dead and about five million refugees and millions of internally displaced people.

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