At least 45 people have been killed and over 100 others wounded after Syrian government air strikes targeted a market in a Damascus suburb, sources tell Al Jazeera:
An officer of the Syrian civil defence in charge of Damascus’ suburbs told Al Jazeera that the air raids stick a busy market in Douma on Friday, killing at least 45 and injuring over 100 others. Douma is a Damascus suburb that has been under government attack for weeks now.
“This is the second time this market has been targeted in Douma,” the civil defence officer said over phone from Douma. “There are only civilians here – no army and no opposition forces. Residents do not permit any armed person in this area. “This market is at the heart of Douma and supplies everyone here. Lots of farmers come here every morning to sell their items. The market was intentionally targeted.”
A local activist, speaking to Al Jazeera on the condition of anonymity, said Douma was under heavy attack since Friday morning. “Every 10 minutes we are under attack. Rocket attacks and air strikes. They bombed a local market, at least 45 people have been killed so far and we expect a rising death toll,” he said. “Every corner of Douma is being bombed.” The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that at least 40 civilians were killed and 140 others were injured in Douma.