Syria regime strikes kill 82 after rebels hit capital

February 6, 2015 1:17 pm
The key rebel bastion on the outskirts of Damascus has been under siege
for nearly two years, leading to food and medical shortages.

Since mid-2012, the government has carried out frequent air raids there and on other on rebel-held areas.

Rights groups accuse it of indiscriminately killing both civilians and insurgents.
Injured girls lie in a field hospital, after what activists said was an
airstrike by forces loyal to ’s President Bashar al-Assad, in the
Duma neighborhood of Damascus, February 3, 2015. (Reuters)

Dozens of Syrian regime strikes on an opposition-held area near Damascus
have killed at least 82 people, a monitor said Friday, in the deadliest
such onslaught since November.

The Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights, a UK-based monitor, said the new toll in the Thursday air
strikes on the Eastern Ghouta region included at least 18 children.

The regime assault, which also killed 16 rebel fighters, involved more
than 60 air strikes, as well as surface-to-surface missiles, the
Observatory said.

It was the deadliest aerial attack by
government forces since November 25, when 95 people were killed in air
strikes on , the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria group.

Thursday’s strikes came after a rebel
group in Eastern Ghouta fired a barrage of at least 120 mortar rounds
and rockets into Damascus, killing 10 people, among them a child.

Residents said the capital was quiet on Friday and that the mortar and rocket fire appeared to be over.

But regime air strikes were continuing in Eastern Ghouta, the Observatory said.

The key rebel bastion on the outskirts of Damascus has been under siege
for nearly two years, leading to food and medical shortages.

Since mid-2012, the government has carried out frequent air raids there and on other on rebel-held areas.

Rights groups accuse it of indiscriminately killing both civilians and insurgents.

More than 200,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict, which began
with anti-government protests in March 2011 and escalated into a civil
war.

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