Fresh at­tacks rock Syr­ian rebels

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Bassem Mroue and Jamey Keaten

beirut» Airstrikes hit a women’s prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Satur­day, killing and wound­ing scores of peo­ple amid clashes on mul­ti­ple fronts be­tween gov­ern­ment forces and in­sur­gent groups in some of the coun­try’s worst vi­o­lence in weeks, op­po­si­tion ac­tivists said.

The airstrikes, of which some ac­tivists said in­cluded Rus­sian air raids, con­cen­trated on the rebel-held north­west­ern prov­ince of Idlib, the cen­tral prov­ince of Hama and suburbs of the cap­i­tal Da­m­as­cus that have come un­der at­tack by in­sur­gent groups over the past week.

One of the airstrikes hit a main street in the Da­m­as­cus sub­urb of Hamouriyeh, killing at least 16 peo­ple and wounded more than 50, ac­tivists said. The airstrikes caused wide de­struc­tion in the area.

The U.N. Spe­cial En­voy for Syria, Staffan de Mis­tura, said in a state­ment re­leased in Geneva that he is deeply con­cerned by the re­cent es­ca­la­tion of vi­o­lence in Syria, high­light­ing that it un­der­mines a Dec. 30 cease-fire bro­kered by Turkey, Iran and Rus­sia who back op­pos­ing par­ties in the con­flict.

The state­ment said de Mis­tura had com­mu­ni­cated with the for­eign min­is­ters of the three coun­tries, ap­peal­ing to them to ex­ert ur­gent ef­forts to up­hold the cease-fire.

Speak­ing af­ter meet­ing on Satur­day with the U.N. en­voy in Geneva as part of a fresh round of Syr­ian peace talks, Nasr al-Hariri, the head of the main op­po­si­tion del­e­ga­tion, lashed out at As­sad’s “killing ma­chine.”

“This is the fault of war­planes,” he told re­porters. “These are the ones who claim to fight ter­ror­ism who are re­spon­si­ble for this hor­ri­ble mas­sacre in Hamouna.”

The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said the airstrikes on Hamouriyeh killed 16, in­clud­ing eight women and chil­dren, and wounded more than 50. The Lo­cal Co­or­di­na­tion said 18 were killed and dozens were wounded.

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