Syrian regime airstrikes kill 21 in East Ghouta

Regime warplanes target opposition-held area east of capital Damascus, killing dozens, local sources assert

Syrian regime airstrikes kill 21 in East Ghouta

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 21 people were killed and scores of others injured on Sunday in airstrikes carried out by the Syrian regime on the Eastern Ghouta area of the Rif Dimashq province, Syrian civil defense and medical sources told Anadolu Agency.

According to local sources, ten people were killed in the city of Douma, nine in the town of Saqba and two in the town of Modira, while local field hospitals were catering to more than 100 people injured by Sunday’s strikes.

Syrian civil defense teams, sources added, had rushed to the scene of the airstrikes in an effort to rescue civilians buried under the rubble.

Youssef Hammoush, a local media activist, told Anadolu Agency that all the airstrikes’ victims had been civilians.

Numerous local residents of the area, he added, had fled to nearby districts in hopes of finding safety.

Syrian regime forces have been besieging Eastern Ghouta for more than two and a half years, frequently targeting the area with intense airstrikes.

Syria’s ongoing civil war, now in its fifth year, has led to the death of at least 250,000 people and made the country the world's single-largest source of refugees, according to UN figures.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ağustos 2015, 17:56