Vice-President Hisham Marwa said that the Assad Regime’s systematic and indiscriminate bombing of the district of Douma in Damascus suburbs is tantamount to “war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.”
The district, home to around 400,000 people, have been subjected to a fierce military campaign for 11 consecutive days, during which Assad’s air force carried out over 150 air raids every day. Also, over 500 rockets, shells, and vacuum missiles fell on the rebel-held district, causing massive damage to residential buildings and the infrastructure.
Activists in the district confirm that the bombardment affected nearly 60 residential buildings, two schools, mosques, and claimed the lives of at least 120 civilians documented by their full names, in addition to leaving hundreds wounded.
“Photos and videos pouring out of Douma confirms that regime forces are targeting residential neighborhoods, not military sites,” Marwa added. He stresses that the Assad regime is applying the same policy of collective punishment he has applied in various areas across Syria since the start of the Syrian revolution.
“The international community must assume its responsibilities towards civilians and put pressure on the Assad regime to stop its daily massacres against Syrian civilians and to implement the provisions of the UN Security Council-adopted Geneva declaration, Marwa said. He reiterates calls for the international anti-ISIS coalition to add the regime’s military sites on its list of targets. (Source: Syrian Coalition)