20 civilians killed as mortar shells hit Duma, near Damascus

15-04-2014

 

ARA News

Damascus, Syria− The air force loyal to President Bashar al-Assad bombed on Monday the city of Duma in Damascus countryside. At least 20 civilians were killed and dozens other injured in the attack.  

Ahmad Sabbagh, civil rights activist based in the city of Damascus, told ARA News that pro-regime warplanes targeted with cluster munition rockets the popular market in the city, killing 20 civilians.

“Among the casualties were women and children,” Sabbagh said. “At least 70 people were injured during the attack, and were transferred to field hospitals in the city.”  

Sabbagh pointed out that the city of Duma is daily exposed to bombings launched from the regime forces’ headquarters −located in the town of Hafeer Foqa near al-Dumeir area, as well as from the headquarters of the Vehicles Administration branch in the nearby city of Harasta. 

This comes amid sporadic clashes between the regime forces and armed opposition fighters on several fronts in the suburbs of Damascus. 

Meanwhile, the pro-regime warplanes launched several air raids on the town of Maliha near Damascus International Airport, amid artillery shelling from the city’s Air Defense Administration towards the outskirts of the town. 

On the other hand, mortar shells dropped from anonymous sources on several neighborhoods in the city. The shelling killed two civilians as seven mortar shells hit the Tabbala area which is located near the Palestine Branch (the most powerful regime-led security branch in Syria), while another shell was dropped in the area of ​​Bab Touma in old Damascus, without recording any casualties.

 

Reporting by: Jewad al-Ali

Source: ARA News

 

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