Syrian regime raids near Damascus kill 35 civilians
At least 35 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in a series of Syrian regime raids on a rebel stronghold east of Damascus on Friday, a monitoring group said.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “regime warplanes targeted the towns of Jisreen and Kfar Batna in the Eastern Ghouta region”, killing 35 people including six children.
The toll has more than tripled from an earlier report of 11 dead.
According to the Observatory, those raids left dozens wounded or unaccounted for in the towns of Sabqa, Kafrbatna and Jisreen.
Government forces regularly bombard Eastern Ghouta, a populated suburb of Damascus largely controlled by the powerful Jaish al-Islam rebel group.
In the southern province of Daraa, four children were killed when the regime bombarded the town of Hara. And four civilians died in shelling of the town of Sanamayn, 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Hara.
Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman could not specify if that attack was launched by regime or rebel forces.
Syria’s deadly conflict has taken the lives of more than 250,000 people, and another four million have been forced to flee since it erupted in March 2011.