Tuesday 11 December 2018

Almost 100 killed in Damascus after shelling and air strikes hit suburbs

A Syrian man waits to receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following government air strikes on the town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Ammar SULEIMANAMMAR SULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian man waits to receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following government air strikes on the town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Ammar SULEIMANAMMAR SULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images
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Government shelling and air strikes on rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus have killed at least 98 people, according to a monitoring group and paramedics.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was the deadliest day in three years in the area known as Eastern Ghouta.

The Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, said the shelling and air strikes on Monday killed 98 and that some people are still under the rubble.

The observatory said 20 children and 15 women were among those killed.

Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Hamza Al-AjwehHAMZA AL-AJWEH/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Hamza Al-AjwehHAMZA AL-AJWEH/AFP/Getty Images

The targeted suburbs have been subjected to a weeks-long bombardment that has killed and wounded hundreds of people.

Opposition activists said government forces have brought in reinforcements in preparation for a wider offensive on the area - the last main rebel stronghold near Damascus.

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