Air strikes kill 57 civilians including 19 children in Syria

Lester Mason
November 28, 2017

Syrian government airstrikes and shelling outside the capital Damascus have killed at least 22 civilians, as the fighting showed no signs of letting up ahead of the resumption of United Nations peace talks in Geneva.

Syrian regime and Russian air strikes on Sunday killed 57 civilians, among them 19 children, in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region and in a village held by the Islamic State group in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said.

The locally-run Ghouta Media Center confirmed the death toll and posted a video of rescuers arriving in the affected area, picking up the dead and wounded from streets in a residential area.

Syria's Foreign Ministry said the government would attend Russian-sponsored talks in Sochi, due next month.

More than 340,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the fighting and more than 10 million displaced, according to claims by the UN.

Rebels in Eastern Ghouta have held out against government forces throughout almost seven years of civil war. However, the government's siege has caused a humanitarian crisis in the area, causing severe medical and food shortages.

Attacks targeted opposition-held residential neighborhoods in Eastern Ghouta.

The Syrian regime has been stepping up its attacks on Eastern Ghouta, even though the district falls within a network of de-escalation zones - endorsed by Turkey, Russia and Iran - in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

The UN is slated to resume peace talks between the government and the Syrian opposition in Geneva on Tuesday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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