Activists said that helicopters belonging to the Assad regime dropped at least eight barrel bombs filled with napalm on residential neighborhoods in the district of Daraya west of Damascus earlier on Thursday. The rebel-held district came the previous day under a barrage of rockets and artillery fire.
Daraya local council on Thursday called on the United Nations to immediately enforce provisions set out in international resolutions pertaining to the situation in besieged areas; most importantly the introduction of food and medical supplies to civilians trapped in Daraya and other areas under siege. The council also called for exerting pressure on the Assad regime to stop its military operations and the bombing of civilians in the rebel-held district.
The council said that the latest brutal regime attacks on Daraya must be met with a strong response by the United Nations and the international community, adding that no concrete action has so far been taken to alleviate the suffering of civilians trapped in Daraya or to stop the regime’s brutal attacks on them.
The suffering of civilians trapped in Daraya, besieged by regime forces since late 2012, increases by the day as a result of escalated barrel bomb attacks. The humanitarian situation in Daraya has deteriorated further after regime forces in recent weeks captured the farmlands on the outskirts of the district on which civilians rely for food basics. (Source: Syrian Coalition)