Wednesday, June 17, 2015

At least 33 killed in army and rebel attacks in Damascus

Cairo – No fewer than 33 people have died in retaliatory attacks by the Syrian army and rebels in areas near and inside Damascus, state media and activists reported on Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said no fewer than 24 civilians, including five children and 13 women, were killed by rockets fired on Tuesday by Syrian troops at the rebel-held district of Douma in suburban Damascus.

According to the human rights, in retaliation, rebels shelled the central Damascus quarter of Arnus, killing nine people.

The suburban and central areas of Damascus have in recent months seen tit-for-tat attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s troops and rebels fighting to oust him.

According to the UN, more than 220,000 people are estimated to have been killed in Syria’s conflict since it started in March 2011.

Report says the Britain-based Observatory puts that figure at 320,000.

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