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Death toll in Syria’s Ghouta rises to 84, women, children among victims

Men inspect damages after an airstrike on the rebel-held Douma, in eastern Ghouta on November 2, 2017. (Reuters)

Air strikes in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta have killed 23 individuals, five of which are children, reported the Syrian Observatory on Wednesday afternoon.

On Wednesday morning, the observatory had reported that 84 individuals were killed during the strikes. These numbers come in days after the ongoing strikes in the eastern city. Among the deceased were several women and children.

Earlier, the artillery shelling and raids centered on the cities of Arbeen, Duma, Marj and Hzarma. Civil Defense teams continue to assist the injured, rescue those trapped under the rubble, and document the increasing number of casualties.

Meanwhile, the United Nations had called for a month-long truce to evacuate and treat cases requiring critical medical attention. It also sought to give room for the introduction of humanitarian aid.

Ghouta has been under siege for several years by the Syrian regime forces.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 7 February 2018 KSA 15:59 - GMT 12:59
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