Thursday 29 January 2015

Air raid leaves 20 dead in Damascus as violence closes in on Syrian president

Published 21/02/2013 | 04:00

Still image shows smoke and fire after a fighter jet crashed into a suburb of Damascus, Syria

An air raid on a suburb of the Syrian capital killed at least 20 people and two mortars exploded next to a football stadium in the heart of Damascus left one player dead as violence moved closer to the heart of President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the raid on Hamouriyeh had killed 20 people, while others were feared buried under debris.

Damascus has largely been spared the violence that has left other cities in ruins, but in recent weeks rebels who established footholds in the Damascus suburbs have clashed with government forces.

Rebels also shot down a government fighter jet in the Damascus suburb of Douma yesterday, the Observatory said.

Meanwhile, a Syrian army rocket attack on a rebel-held district in the city of Aleppo killed at least 20 people and another 25 were missing, opposition activists said.

"The bodies are being dug up gradually. Some, including children, have died in hospitals," Mohammad Nour said from Aleppo.

Irish Independent

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