Air raids near Syrian capital kill more than 80
17 August 2015, Nirapad News: Syrian government warplanes attacked a busy market in a rebel-held suburb of the capital Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 82 people and wounding more than 200 in one of the deadliest single incidents involving government airstrikes since the crisis began nearly five years ago, activists said.
Syrian government air raids on rebel-held areas throughout the country have killed thousands over the past few years.
The air raids on the market in Douma occurred during rush hour when people were out shopping on the first working day of the week in Syria, the activists said, reports Dawn.
‘This is an official massacre that was carried out deliberately,’ said Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
He said warplanes fired the first missile and minutes later when people gathered in the aftermath, another missile hit the same area.
Abdurrahman, whose group has a network of activists around the country, said a total of four missiles were fired on the market, killing 82 and wounding more than 200. He said the death toll is expected to rise because many of the wounded are in critical condition.
The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, said the air raids killed at least 100 and wounded about 300, adding that rescue workers are digging through the rubble in search of survivors.
Discrepancies in death tolls immediately after an attack are not uncommon in Syria.
‘The situation is catastrophic,’ a Douma-based activist who goes by the name of Mazen al-Shami told the media via Skype.
He said clinics in the area are full and many of the wounded are being rushed in civilian cars to other medical facilities since ambulances are overwhelmed.