Russian Federation blamed for air strike that killed 15 children in Syria

Bruno Cirelli
Marzo 21, 2018

15 children and two women - were killed and more than 50 people were injured in an air strike in the Syrian insurgency enclave near the capital, Damascus Eastern Ghouta, the France press and Reuters reported, referring to the Syrian Human Rights Watch.

Nearly 80,000 civilians have left the besieged Syrian district of Eastern Ghouta over the past two weeks as Russian-backed pro-government forces close in toward retaking the rebel-held enclave near the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Russian military has said.

Some rebels in eastern Ghouta may soon agree to withdraw from the opposition enclave or accept rule by the Syrian state after big advances by the army into the area, a Syrian government minister said on Monday.

It showed rescue workers standing underneath a large hole in the ceiling, from which several destroyed pillars were dangling.

Moscow has said it is helping the Assad regime "finish off" fighters in Ghouta but has denied carrying out strikes against civilians.

Russian Federation blamed for air strike that killed 15 children in Syria

The bombardment of Eastern Ghouta by Syrian troops with Russian air support has killed at least 1,250 people.

It said in a statement posted on its website that on Monday, 6,046 civilians left the district via humanitarian corridors.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein also said that the Syrian government's five-year-long siege on Eastern Ghouta has involved "pervasive war crimes, the use of chemical weaponry, enforced starvation as a weapon of warfare and the denial of essential and life-saving aid", according to the AP.

The pocket where Arbin lies is held by the Faylaq al-Rahman extremist faction.

Eastern Ghouta fell to militants in 2012, months after Syria plunged into crisis, and has since served as a launch pad for fatal mortar attacks against residents and infrastructure in the capital.

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