Syria regime raids kill 28 including 10 children

A man carries a girl as they rush away from a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria, August 24, 2015. (File photo: Reuters)

Air raids by Syrian government warplanes killed 28 civilians, including 10 children, near Damascus on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

At least 60 others were also wounded in the raids on Hammuriyeh and Irbin in Eastern Ghouta, the largest rebel stronghold in Damascus province.

Twenty of the dead, including eight children, were killed in Hammuriyeh, while another six people, among them two children, died in Irbin nearby.

The area is regularly bombed by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Two more civilians were also killed by shelling in the Douma area, northeast of Damascus, while government forces were also pounding Eastern Ghouta with artillery fire, the Observatory said.

Rebels often shell the capital from Eastern Ghouta, to the east of Damascus.

More than 250,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict, which began in March 2011 as an anti-government protest movement but which has spiraled into a multi-sided war.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46
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