Syrian air force hits crowded market near Damascus, kills and injures hundreds

The market is the main one in the town of Douma and has been targeted a number of times. Photo: Firas Abdullah

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – More than 105 civilians were killed and 300 wounded when the Syrian air force hit a crowded market in Douma city near Damascus. 

The regime-led strikes also caused a massive damage in the opposition-held city of Douma. 

Speaking to ARA News, media activist Ahmed Shami reported that more than 105 dead bodies, including women and children, were found under the ruins of the destroyed shops and buildings in the targeted market.

“As for the injured, we’ve so far documented 325 cases, all of them are civilians,” he said. “They were transferred to field hospitals in the city.” 

“The lack of equipment and the limited medical staff may prevent saving those in critical conditions, which means that the death toll could rise in the coming hours,” Shami reported.  

“The targeted market in central Douma is known for receiving hundreds of people everyday, and the moment that the pro-Assad warplanes chose for conducting the strikes was the most crowded one,” civil rights activist Adel Zarqa told ARA News in Douma.

“They aimed to kill as many people as possible at once, and they unfortunately succeeded,” he added. 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

Source: ARA News 

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