Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Rockets fired on Syria's capital; 35 people killed

Rockets fired on Syria's capital; 35 people killed

Videos of the aftermath posted online showed scenes of chaos, with people screaming and bodies and store mannequins strewn across the ground. It was not immediately clear who was behind the strikes.

Officers from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria have delivered humanitarian aid to the newly liberated Saqba settlement in Eastern Ghouta, the Center's head Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin said on Wednesday.

Syrian rescue workers say at least nine people have been killed in airstrikes targeting a camp for displaced people in north Syria.

Syrian rescuers and a war monitor say an airstrike in the rebel-held province of Idlib in northwestern Syria has killed at least 13 people, majority children.

A child said he was out shopping with his family for Mother's Day when they heard a huge explosion.

"Full and unhindered humanitarian access to civilians inside and outside Eastern Ghouta, in collective shelters and elsewhere is crucial to ensure the urgent needs of civilians are met", Mahecic stressed.

Last year, the Islamic State lost the swath of territory it had controlled since 2014 in eastern Syria - where it had proclaimed its self-styled "caliphate" - but it retains pockets of control in areas across Syria, including two neighborhoods on the southern edge of Damascus.

The fighting in Qadam, which is south of Damascus, came as Syrian forces are focused on recapturing the rebel-held eastern Ghouta suburbs of the country's capital. According to Zolotukhin, the number of refugees getting out of Eastern Ghouta through the first two humanitarian corridors has started to decline.

The media have also reported that shelling by opposition forces of a residential area in Damascus has injured 5 children and one woman. More than 1,500 people, including 300 children, were killed by attacks by government troops in the last month alone.

Daesh militants have gained some ground in Damascus after driving out Bashar al-Assad's army units from al-Qadam, a district that the opposition abandoned last week, a war monitor said. In the meantime, they made sweeping advances against other areas of eastern Ghouta, leaving just a fraction of the enclave still outside the government's control.

Syrian ground and air assaults continued in the opposition rebel-held area near the capital Damascus despite separate United Nations and Russian Federation cease-fires.

Monther Fares, a spokesman for the powerful Ahrar al-Sham group, said the deal gives security guarantees for those who decide to stay in the town after the government takes over.

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