First Published: 2018-02-21

Ten dead in more Syrian regime strikes on East Ghouta
Several towns hit by fresh air strikes in rebel-held enclave where 250 have died in three days of regime bombardment.
Middle East Online

At least 67 children were among those killed this week

DOUMA - Ten civilians were killed Wednesday in fresh air strikes by the Syrian regime on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, where 270 people have died in three days of bombardment, a monitor said.

The latest strikes hit several towns in Eastern Ghouta, a semi-rural area which lies just east of the capital Damascus and has been controlled by Islamist and jihadist groups since 2012.

Three children were among those killed in Wednesday's strikes, which also left at least 200 wounded, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The latest casualties brought to 274 the number of civilians killed since Sunday and to at least 1,400 the number of those wounded in the deadliest wave of strikes to date on Eastern Ghouta.

Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based observatory, said at least 67 children were among those killed this week.

The regime of President Bashar al-Assad has been massing forces around the enclave this month, raising fears that an even deadlier ground assault could be launched imminently.

The area has been besieged since 2013 and the humanitarian situation inside the enclave is dire.

Aid groups have said their assistance can no longer reach those in need due to the heavy bombardment and have warned of an unfolding catastrophe.


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