A few days after the Assad regime and Russian forces launched a brutal bombing campaign against Dara’a province, local councils in the province declared a number of towns and villages ‘disaster areas’ after the bombings caused massive destruction to residential neighborhoods and infrastructure. The councils warned of a new humanitarian disaster in the province.
Local councils in the towns of Al-Lajat, Al-Hirak and Al-Muleiha Al-Sharqiya issued a statement asserting that the towns were subjected to “vicious, barbaric bombardment” by various types of heavy weapons and helicopters.
In addition to the massive destruction to infrastructure and civilian homes, the bombings caused dozens of civilian casualties, mostly among women and children.
The local councils appealed to all international and humanitarian to “shoulder their responsibilities towards our afflicted people and to assist them with all available means.”
Local activists said that the Assad regime’s heavy and violent bombardment of towns and villages in Dara’a is aimed at putting pressure on the civilian population to force them out of their homes.
The intensifying bombing campaign have killed dozens of civilians, including women and children, over the past few days. The most violent bombings targeted the towns and villages in northern rural Dara’a, especially the towns of Al-Lajat, Basr Al-Harir, Al-Hirak, Al-Muleiha Al-Sharqiya, and Nahta. The bombings forced tens of thousands to flee to safer areas in arid plains in the south. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)