At least 40 civilians killed in Syrian airstrike near Damascus

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Members of a local rescue team carrying one of the victims of a Syrian airstrike in Douma. File photo

ARA News

DAMASCUS – Syrian air force launched a deadly airstrike on the rebel-held city of Douma in the suburb of Damascus, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, activists reported on Sunday. 

More than 40 civilians were killed and some 75 others wounded in an airstrike by pro-Assad air force in Douma. 

“The airstrike hit a building where a large number of civil rights activists and residents of Douma were gathered to discuss the humanitarian crisis in the city,” local media activist Ali Hassan told ARA News. 

“There was no single armed person in the targeted building. All casualties are civilians,” the source reported. 

Hassan added that local rescue teams have pulled dozens of victims from the rubble, pointing our that many others could still be trapped under the ruins of the bombed building. 

“This is an apparent massacre against innocent people. The international community has done nothing to stop this bloodbath,” he said. 

In the meantime, a local medical team installed a field hospital in central Douma to treat the wounded.

“There is a sharp shortage of medicines and staff. The number of victims could increase in the coming hours,” a nurse told ARA News on the condition of anonymity. 

The rebel-held city of Douma has been under regime siege for more than two years. According to locals, Syrian warplanes have repeatedly bombed the city, causing large numbers of casualties, mostly civilians.

Reporting by: Kawa Isso

Source: ARA News 

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