At least 34 people have been killed and more than 200 injured after government war planes carried out the rebel-held suburb on the outskirts of Damascus, activists told Al Jazeera. Activists in Douma told Al Jazeera that air strikes continued through Sunday afternoon, adding that at least four buildings collapsed earlier during the day. Aljazeera reports: air raids on Douma,
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights placed the death toll from Saturday’s air raids at 34, while local activists reported that at least 37 were killed. At least five children were among those killed. The death toll is expected to rise, with Syria’s Civil Defence, a local NGO, saying they are still rescuing people from under the rubble.
The Observatory said government war planes and helicopters hit several residential areas in Douma on Saturday evening. Douma is located in Eastern Ghouta and is part of the Damascus suburb province. The Observatory reported the use of barrel bombs on both Douma and Daraya, which is located in Western Ghouta.
Activists told the Observatory that surface-to-surface missiles were also used by government forces in those areas. In a statement released on Saturday night, the Syrian Civil Defence organisation said airs raids on Douma over the past week have killed more than 200 people and wounded more than 400 others – mostly women and children.