As Russian or Assad-waged warplanes struck Mesraba, eastern Ghouta, Damascus, up to seven civilians, including one child and one woman, were killed and “dozens” left injured, local media reported.
As the shelling of eastern Ghouta continued on Tuesday, February 20th, the death toll in Mesraba rose to at least four and up to seven, according to local reports.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR), who put the toll at four, said that one child and one woman were among the fatalities. Other sources reported seven killed, such as Masrawy News, who quoted a civil defence member in the area.
The number of wounded spanned from “several” to as many as dozens, the highest reported by Masrawy News.
While most sources, including al-Jazeera and Masrawy News, identified the Syrian regime as responsible, Russian culpability cannot be ruled out as SN4HR pointed to shared Russian/Assad responsibility.
It should be noted that the incident possibly occurred on February 19th – or somewhere between the 19th and 20th – as HalabTodayTV posted a video, reportedly from the shelling in Mesraba, dated February 19th.
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.