Russian and Assad regime air forces have intensified the use of inflammable napalm and white phosphorus bombs in the intense bombardment of towns and villages of the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, killing and injuring dozens of civilians.
Local activists said that Assad regime forces committed a horrible massacre in the town of Arbeen after midnight on Thursday claiming the lives of at least 37 civilians, including many women and children. The victims burned to death after a napalm-filled bomb, an internationally banned weapon, hit a basement holding dozens of civilians inside.
The massacre coincided with failed attempts by regime forces to storm Arbeen town under cover of heavy aerial and artillery bombardment.
Activists also said that regime forces bombed the town of Zamalka in central eastern Ghouta with bombs containing toxic chlorine gas at dawn on Friday.
Assad regime and Russian forces also stepped up bombardment of the town of Douma which was hit with no fewer than 20 Russian airstrikes and a barrage of artillery shelling. Local activist published photos and videos showing fires blazing in the streets and civilian homes resulting from the use of inflammable napalm and the white phosphorus in the airstrikes.
The Syrian Coalition on Thursday called upon the UN Security Council and the General Assembly and all other international organizations and bodies to urgently take the necessary measures to protect civilians in Syria; put an end to Russia, Iran, and Assad regime’s crimes; and hold them to account.
Activists also published photos of scattered fires raging across central Damascus after Russian jets hit the city with incendiary bombs by mistake. The Coalition slammed the ‘achievements’ Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking to make at the expense of the blood of children, women and the elderly in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)