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Regime airstrikes kill at least 5 civilians in Eastern Ghouta

Local | 2018-02-12 11:18:00
Regime airstrikes kill at least 5 civilians in Eastern Ghouta
(Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 5 civilians, including family members, were killed early Monday as regime forces renew its heavy aerial bombing on the embattled eastern enclave of Damascus, rescuing group and local activists said.

The strikes pounded the towns of Douma, Irbin, Harasta, Saqba, Hammouriya, Kafr Batna, Nashabiya and Bait Sawa.

On Sunday, six civilians killed in regime bombing on Eastern Ghouta. Two children and a woman were among the victims, according to Anadolu Agency.

Eastern Ghouta falls within a network of de-escalation zones -- endorsed by Turkey, Russia and Iran -- in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Nevertheless, the Syrian regime continues to target residential parts of the city, killing at least 539 people -- and injuring more than 2,000 others -- since Dec. 29 of last year.

Home to some 400,000 civilian residents, Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling regime siege for the last five years.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011, when the regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

UN officials say hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict to date. (Zaman Al Wasl, AA)

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