Syrian government airstrikes on Damascus suburb kill dozens

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Men transport a casualty at a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Sept. 10, 2014.
Men transport a casualty at a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Sept. 11, 2014.

Syrian government forces killed 42 people in airstrikes on a rebel stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, local activists reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that seven children died in the attacks, which took place on Thursday in Douma, a suburb around six miles from the capital that has been surrounded by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces since mid-2013. The UK-based Observatory, which gathers information from a network of activists on the ground, said the death toll was expected to rise because some of the dozens of casualties were critically wounded.

Local activists posted a number of graphic videos showing the dead and injured in the aftermath of the bombing as ambulance crews and bystanders attempted to help. In one, a young boy with his arm blown off is carried away from the scene. Later, a young man holds an unconscious victim in his arms and screams for help.

In another video, uploaded by medical sources, bloodied and burnt victims of the bombing, many of them children, are treated in a local field hospital.

Activists also posted footage of the massive devastation caused to buildings hit by the attacks.

Those killed in the airstrikes were buried on Thursday and Friday. The YouTube account which posted the below video has more than 20 others showing similar scenes.

Douma, which is controlled by moderate rebel groups, has been a frequent target of bombings by regime forces. On September 9, SOHR reported that at least nine people had been killed in an attack there.

The Syrian war has been raging since 2011 when an armed uprising began in response to a brutal crackdown by security forces on peaceful government protesters inspired by the Arab Spring. It has since descended into a bloody power struggle between rival Syrian factions and foreign-led groups like Sunni extremist militants the Islamic State.

The UN said on August 22 that more than 191,000 people had died in the fighting between March 2011 and April 2014. Officials added that this was likely an underestimate. An additional 2.9 million Syrians are estimated to have fled the country and 6.4 million have been displaced, according UN figures.

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12 responses to “Syrian government airstrikes on Damascus suburb kill dozens”

  1. Will we see the people on here jumping up and down like they did when Hamas and Israel was fighting or is this a diff type of killing children. That’s rite the Jews did not kill children in these so it’s ok in this case.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Only when American jets start hitting ISIS … then you might see some jumping.
      But good to see the accountants are keeping up with numbers better than back when villages disappeared into the football stadiums and jails.

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        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          What does THAT have to do with jumping up and down??
          (oh … maybe on me … hmmm)

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          2. Countessa Al Abyad Avatar
            Countessa Al Abyad

            Washington menaces America with it’s ISIS creation..

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Russia can be … especially in Siberia … how ARE the Mongols, anyway?
            But that was from Bangkok??
            (Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.)
            Like we needed more ‘outlooks’, Mal-mucker. Especially Communist ones.

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  2. $89733098 Avatar

    Masterofstupidity stfu!
    Where is your outrage at this atrocity? Same as the rest who r outraged at beheading but say nothing when even children r massacred. One can only imagine the language those Sunni haters would use if these kids were shite or American.

  3. $89733098 Avatar

    Incredible how not one hypocrite who is outraged by beheading is outraged by this massacre. You fake revolutionaries are hilarious.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      After being outraged for over three years at ALLLLLL the various and horrible atrocities, NOTING them OFTEN, and seeing nothing improve, there is no longer any surprise at new ones … and perhaps no great surprise about ‘who dunnit’ this time, because it’s become normal in the screwed up Syrian landscape.
      And the accountants just add on the numbers. UN couldn’t get a word in edgewise.
      Coming in here to yell and scream at each other didn’t fix anything either.
      Hell, Zabada has been reduced to discussing religion …. for god sake. What a bore …
      “talking a bout god make more sense and peace than politic.”

      1. $89733098 Avatar

        Why do those same people jump up and down at Israel/Hamas and that has been going on for much longer than 3 years and it has been well documented.
        It’s pure hypocrisy!!
        Kinda like when u or geo preach whilst not practising what u preach.

        The following was funny tho.
        “Hell, Zabada has been reduced to discussing religion …. for god sake. What a bore …
        “talking a bout god make more sense and peace than politic.””

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