In this incident, as many as 14 civilians, including two women, were killed and up to dozens were wounded, as airstrikes allegedly carried out by Russia, the Syrian regime, or both, struck Douma in eastern Ghouta, Damascus, reported local media.
Step News Agency reported that “in the morning hours, the military and helicopter gunships launched a number of air strikes targeting the city of Douma”.
The airstrikes, that hit residential neighbourhoods, killed at least two but as many as 14 civilians, local reports said.
Violations Documentation Center, for example, reported 13 fatalities, ten identified by name and counted two women. The Syrian Network for Human Rights, who reported 14 fatalities, also mentioned the death of two women.
The number of wounded spanned from two to as many as “dozens” as reported by Douma revolution. Al-Jazeera’s correspondent said that among the wounded was a number of civil defence members while other sources also mentioned that children were among the injured.
While most sources reported about aerial shelling, others mentioned artillery shelling as well. For example, Douma revolution reported that the assault had included “17 air strikes, ten explosive barrels, three surface-to-surface missiles and a number of rocket-propelled grenades.”
Sources were, however, unclear in terms of culpability. While some, including @MasarPressNet and @alaraby_ar blamed the Syrian regime, others, such as Smart News Agency identified Russia as responsible.
Finally, a handful of reports, including Douma revolution and Syrian Network for Human Rights, blamed both belligerents.
The incident occured in the morning.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Omer Mahmoud Ayoub Adult male killed
- Fahed Ayoub Adult male killed
- Abdo Ali Ayoub Adult male killed
Family members (2)
- Hosain Masarweh Adult male killed
- Yasin Masarweh Adult male killed
- Mahmoud Ataya Abd al-Wahab Adult male killed
- Sobhi Abdullah Snair Adult male killed
- Ahmad Ezo Halaweh Adult male killed
- Hiyam Salim Hamada Adult female killed
- Azizeh Mahmoud Hatem Adult female killed
Sources (21) [ collapse]
Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has not reported any strikes between March 1st - 31st 2018.