27 civilians dead in air strikes on Syria's Douma
April 06 2018 05:59 PM
Buses carrying Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families, from the former rebel bastion's main town
Buses carrying Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families, from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma, arrive in the Syrian town of Azaz

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Air strikes on the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta killed 27 civilians on Friday, a monitor said, after talks sputtered over a deal for the battered town.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of air strikes hit the town of Douma. 
"At least 27 civilians died, including five children," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman. 
They were the first bombing raids on Douma since negotiations began around 10 days ago over a withdrawal of rebels and civilians from the town, the largest in Eastern Ghouta.

Backed by Russia, Syrian troops have recaptured 95 percent of Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals.
Moscow had announced a deal with Jaish al-Islam, the Islamist faction that holds the town, but hardliners within the group were reportedly refusing to leave their positions.
Syria and Russia had threatened a resumption of their brutal assault if Jaish al-Islam did not agree to the deal. 
Syria's state news agency SANA said Syrian air strikes hit the town on Friday in response to rebel mortar fire from Douma that wounded seven people near the capital.

Last updated: April 06 2018 07:12 PM


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