Bombardments by Syrian Government Forces Killed 94 Civilians
A surge in attacks by the Syrian government and its allies killed 94 people in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta pocket near Damascus in 24 hours, a war monitoring group said on Monday (February 19).
Air strikes, rocket fire and shelling on several parts of the besieged suburbs also wounded 325 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The British-based monitor said the escalation had started on Sunday (February 18) evening in Ghouta, the only major insurgent enclave around the capital. There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military.
Videos uploaded to social media by Syria Civil Defence known also as “White Helmets” appear to show rescuers running with stretchers through dusted area purportedly in the city of Hamouriya, where at least nine people died after the air strike, according to the monitor.
The United Nations said last week that civilians in Syria were suffering through some of the worst fighting of the entire conflict, which is entering its eighth year. The multi-sided conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven millions from their homes.