Syrian regime kills 26 attempting to break Ghouta siege

Picture one of the people killed by the Syrian regime after trying to bring food aid to Ghouta, an area in eastern Damascus that has been under siege for an extended period of time. (Al Arabiya)

The Syrian regime backed by the Lebanese Shiite group, Hezbollah, has killed 26 people in the area of Ghouta in eastern Damascus, the Syrian Military Council told Al Arabiya Tuesday.

Masaab Abu Qatada, head of the media office for the Syrian Military Council in Damascus said the Syrian regime with the support of Hezbollah killed 26 young men who tried to bring flour and other food aid.

Ghouta has been under siege by the regime for an extended period of time long time, Al Arabiya TV channel reported.

Abu Qatada said seven others were still missing, assuming that they have most likely been killed.

According to the United Nations at least 80,000 people have died in the war-torn country and up to 4 million people have been internally displaced.

Last Update: Wednesday, 12 June 2013 KSA 00:34 - GMT 21:34