At least three and as many as nine civilians were killed and one child was wounded, following aerial and possible missile shelling of Hazza, eastern Ghouta, Damascus, according to local media reported – though it was unclear whether Russia or the Assad regime were to blame.
According to local reports, the incident in Hazza was one out of many that day in eastern Ghouta. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), this was the “most bloody day in Syria in the latest few weeks” referring to the bombardments of eastern Ghouta.
While most sources reported that three civilians were killed, Syrian Press Center said that nine were killed in two raids. None of the sources provided details about age or gender.
At least one civilian was left wounded as the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) published a photo of a little child receiving treatment for the wounds he sustained by the strikes.
It should, however, be noted that while most reports referred to aerial shelling, Masrawy News and SN4HR, both attributing blame to the Syrian regime, mentioned the use of missile attacks.
Finally, it remains unclear who is to blame. Even though most sources identified the Syrian regime as responsible, Russian culpability cannot be excluded as Local Coordination Committees of Syria pointed to both “Russian and Assad raids”.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Russian Armed Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has not reported any strikes between February 1st - 28th 2018.