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Sixteen civilians killed by bombings of the Syrian regime near Damascus

Ⓒ AFP – Abdulmonam Eassa – | A child receives medical attention in a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the eastern Guta region of Syria, on Monday, February 5, outside Damascus

At least 16 civilians died Tuesday in air strikes by the regime against several sectors of Guta Oriental, a beleaguered rebel enclave east of Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH).

These attacks came on the same day that the UN demanded an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Syria, for at least a month, in order to distribute aid and evacuate the wounded.

Two children are among the victims of these bombings that also caused dozens of injuries, said the OSDH, at a time when Guta Oriental is subjected to almost daily bombings of the Bashar al-Assad regime.

“The death toll could rise due to the presence of people trapped in the rubble and critically injured,” OSDH director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The day before, 31 civilians were killed in attacks by the regime against Guta Oriental, a rebel stronghold besieged since 2013 by the Damascus forces.

The almost 400,000 inhabitants already suffer from daily shortages of food and medicines.

The conflict that has torn apart Syria since 2011 has caused more than 340,000 deaths on several fronts involving local and foreign actors but also jihadist groups.

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