Assad regime forces continue to escalate bombardment on towns and villages in besieged eastern Ghouta for the 15th consecutive day, targeting mainly residential areas by jets, helicopters, artillery, and rockets. The bombardment left over 20 civilians killed and injured.
Activists said that a female teacher was killed and several civilians were wounded in artillery bombardment on the town of Kafar Batna in eastern Ghouta Monday morning. A woman and her daughter were also seriously injured in a similar attack on the town of Beit Sawa, while artillery shelling and rocket fire hit the towns of Douma, Hammouriya, and Mesraba in the early morning hours of Monday.
Activists also said that many civilians were killed and wounded in airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks by the Assad regime’s air force on the Zayyat area and the outskirts of the town of Beit Jinn in Rural Damascus on Sunday. The bombardment came alongside attempts by regime forces and their allied foreign militias to advance on the area for over two weeks.
Activists said that regime forces and their allied sectarian militias carried out artillery and rocket shelling on the district of Joubar, the town of Saqba, Misraba and Ayn Tarma in Rural Damascus, killing four civilians and injuring seven others. Regime forces also pounded the town of Zamalka with several rockets, causing damage to civilian homes.
Assad forces have laid siege on over 90,000 families in eastern Ghouta for around three years. Civilians trapped in the area suffer severe shortages of basic necessities, while health services continue to deteriorate as due to lack of medicines for chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and medicines for children. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)