The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said unidentified war planes hit the town of Douma near Damascus killed at least 28 people on December 13, including two children and a school principal, a group monitoring the Syrian war said, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Hurriyet Daily News.
State news agency SANA said three civilians had been killed and at least 30 wounded, in mortar attacks targeting residential neighbourhoods of Damascus. Most of the victims were school students, it said, citing its reporter in the area.
Al Jazeera reports, citing its source, that air strikes were carried out by Syrian government and Russian air forces. The raids began at about 8:30am local time (06.30GMT).
Ahmad, an officer from the Douma branch of the Syrian Civil Defence department, told Al Jazeera that government air strikes and rocket barrages targeted Ghouta district in the Damascus suburbs.
“At least 35 civilians were killed in the attacks on Douma alone, another 250 have been injured,” he said. “A school was targeted, in which injured students have been taken to the nearest medical points.”
“In the past three months, these areas have been constantly targeted by rocket attacks and air strikes, not one of those killed was a fighter – all of those killed were civilians,” said Ahmad. “People are paying the price for this armed conflict every day.”