Activists in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta said that they had documented the deaths of no fewer than 361 civilians in attacks by the Assad regime forces on the area in the past month.
Assad regime forces used toxic chlorine in at least 20 attacks on eastern Ghouta in the same period, activists added, without specifying the areas that were targeted by these attacks.
Activists went on to say that eastern Ghouta was hit with no fewer than 905 airstrikes, 21 cluster bombs, 20 explosive hoses, 1,548 surface-to-surface rockets, and 8,120 mortar shells.
The local council in the Al-Marj region east of the capital Damascus on Monday said that at least 60 civilians were killed and 143 others wounded in the period between December 29 and January 29. It declared Al-Marj a ‘disaster area’ as a result of the ongoing military operations by regime forces backed by the Russian air force and the foreign militias.
In a report released on Thursday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that at least 774 civilians were killed in January 2018. It added that 550 people were killed by forces of the Assad regime and Russian alliance, most of whom were killed in the areas covered by the ‘de-escalation zones’ agreement.
The Network called on the UN Security Council to take further measures to hold “war criminals” accountable by referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The local council in Douma on Friday called upon the international community to intervene to force the Assad regime to stop attacking the district with chemical weapons, hours after regime forces bombed the outskirts of district with chlorine gas. Regime forces also bombed the nearby district of Harasta with the internationally banned napalm. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)