Syr­ian regime shelling kills 11 civil­ians in Eastern Ghouta

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

AT LEAST 11 civil­ians were killed dur­ing Syr­ian regime’s at­tacks on a sub­urb of Da­m­as­cus’ Eastern Ghouta on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to a pro-op­po­si­tion civil de­fense of­fi­cial.

Speak­ing to Anadolu Agency, Mah­mud Ad­ham said regime forces shelled the towns of Hamouriyah, Sabqa and Kafra Batna in East Ghouta, killing 11 peo­ple, in­clud­ing an ac­tivist. Ad­ham also said two stu­dents were in­jured by mor­tar shelling at a school in Kafra Batna.

Yusuf al-Bus­tani, a mem­ber of Lo­cal Co­or­di­na­tion Comi­ties in Eastern Ghouta, said the regime at­tacks tar­geted the towns of Sabqa, Hamouriyah and Kafra Batna in Eastern Ghouta.

“Regime forces at­tempted to sneak into Ain Tarma and Jo­bar sub­urbs in Da­m­as­cus but op­po­si­tion group re­pelled the at­tempts,” alBus­tani said.

Al-Bus­tan warned that a hu­man­i­tar­ian catas­tro­phe was un­fold­ing in the regime-block­aded Eastern Ghouta.

“The regime uses star­va­tion as a weapon against civil­ians as it had done in al-Yar­mouk refugee camp, Ma­daya and al-Zabadani,” he said.

The four-year siege on east Ghouta has led to the deaths of more than 400 civil­ians, in­clud­ing 206 chil­dren and 67 women, due to a lack of food and med­i­cal sup­plies, Anadolu Agency (AA) re­ported. Since the Syr­ian civil war be­gan in 2011, sieges and star­va­tion have been used as tools of war. Plac­ing cities un­der siege and cut­ting off ac­cess to roads, food and med­i­cal sup­plies have left hu­man­i­tar­ian aid providers un­able to reach the trapped pop­u­la­tions of civil­ians not al­lowed to leave the cities.

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