According to local media, a family of up to seven members, including as many as five children, were killed and several others were left wounded by air and artillery strikes in Otaia, Damascus, carried out by either Russia or the Syrian regime.
Sources reported that multiple towns of eastern Ghouta were subject to aerial and artillery shelling on February 19th, 2019, including the town of Otaia. The Civil Defence tweeted that in Otaia, a residential house had been subject to “double targeting”.
While Free Deir Ezzor Radio reported four fatalities, the majority of sources reported that between six and seven civilians were killed, all from the same family. Barada News and Mohamemd Aldaher both published a graphic image of the victims, noting that five of the seven victims were children.
The Civil Defence, as the only one, reported that the shelling also caused several wounded, including women. Many were taken to medical points.
Arab48 and the Civil Defence reported both the occurrence of aerial as well as artillery shelling.
Sources were unclear in terms of culpability. While some, such as Orient News pointed to the Syrian regime, Mohamemd Aldaher and al-Hasaka Arabea blamed Russia. And finally, Free Deir Ezzor Radio, pointed to shared culpability between Russia and the Syrian regime.
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.