44 killed by Syrian regime 'vacuum bombs'

Syrian war planes hit marketplaces in eastern Damascus, killing 44 people, including women and children.

44 killed by Syrian regime 'vacuum bombs'

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 44 people were killed when Syrian war planes dropped 'vacuum bombs' on two busy markets in eastern Damascus on Sunday, according to opposition activists.

The attacks in opposition-controlled Kafr Batna and Douma neighborhoods killed 44 people, including women and children, and injured dozens of others, the Syrian Revolution General Commission said in a statement.

Vacuum bombs are a type of thermobaric weapons which go off at high altitude dispersing a cloud of fuel that triggers a second explosion.

"Many of the injured are in critical condition and the field hospitals in the region lack sufficient medical supplies," it said.

Syria has been gripped by fighting since the regime launched a violent crackdown in response to anti-government protests in March, 2011, triggering a conflict that has spiraled into a civil war.

The UN has stopped updating its death toll for the country, saying an official count had become too difficult to verify. At least 100,000 deaths were recorded in the last official count by the UN in July 2013.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Ağustos 2014, 09:33
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