Regime forces hit Damascus countryside, 20 civilians reported dead

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Men walk on the rubble of damaged buildings at a site hit by what activists said were air strikes by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – At least 20 people were killed and hundreds others wounded on Sunday after pro-Syrian regime warplanes bombarded the residential neighborhoods in the city of Duma in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus, locals reported.

Medical sources from field hospitals in the city reported that victims included women and children, adding that the airstrikes caused a mass destruction of several residential buildings.

“Attempts to drag the dead bodies from the rubble continued,” said a member of the medical staff in Duma field hospital.

“There were more than 150 wounded in critical conditions, amid a severe shortage of medical supplies due to the blockade imposed by the Syrian regime forces on the entire Eastern Ghouta,” the source told ARA News under the condition of anonymity.

Speaking to ARA News in Duma, Mahmoud Fadel, a fighter in the ranks of the Army of Islam (linked to the Free Syrian Army “FSA”), said that the Syrian regime used vacuum-bombs during the airstrikes.

“The regime committs massacres against civilians while the international community remains watching!”

Fadel pointed out that the process of dragging the bodies of the victims continues using heavy vehicles. 

“Unfortunately, the death toll is difficult to predict,” he said.

“The city experiences daily massacres as the pro-regime warplanes launch countless raids on the city’s neighborhoods,” the source added. 

Over the last two years, the city of Duma has been under the control of the Syrian armed opposition. In mid 2014, the rebels formed the so-called Unified Command of the Eastern Ghouta to confront the pro-Assad forces in the area.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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