AIR STRIKES kill at least 17 civilians in Syria rebel enclave. BREAKING NEWS!


Air strikes kill at least 17 civilians in
Syria rebel enclave. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said Syrian
and Russian aircraft had “continued their intense bombardment of Eastern Ghouta, targeting
several residential areas”. Regime and Russian air strikes on a rebel-held
enclave near the Syrian capital killed at least 17 civilians on Saturday, a war monitor
said. Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining
opposition strongholds in the country, is the target of near-daily air raids. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
Saturday’s deadliest strikes had hit the Hammuriyeh district, killing 12 civilians
including two children. An AFP reporter in Hammuriyeh saw residential
buildings with their facades blown open, collapsing into streets strewn with rubble. Residents including members of the White Helmets
rescue group rushed to rescue the wounded. Running past a burning car, one man held a
crying boy in his arms, while another carried the apparently lifeless body of a child through
the streets. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said Syrian
and Russian aircraft had “continued their intense bombardment of Eastern Ghouta, targeting
several residential areas”. He said those killed also included two people
in the district of Madira and three in Erbin, adding that 35 people were also wounded in
the three areas. The Britain-based monitor relies on a network
of sources inside Syria and says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to
type, location, flight patterns and munitions used. At the start of the week, a coalition of rebels
and jihadists including a former Al-Qaeda affiliate surrounded the only regime base
in Eastern Ghouta, which lies east of Damascus and has been under a crippling regime siege
since 2013. The blockade has caused serious food and medicine
shortages for the enclave’s estimated 400,000 inhabitants. More than 340,000 people have been killed
in Syria and millions displaced since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government
protests.

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