Monday, January 14, 2013

Syrian Airstrike In Damascus Kills 8 Children, 5 Women

Not that Bashir Assad really cares what the world thinks about him but one has to wonder what the world would do if the Israeli Air Force did this, huh?

The story comes from The Telegraph.

Syrian air strike near Damascus 'kills 8 children and 5 women'

An air strike on Monday on several houses in the rebel-held town of Moadamiyat al-Sham southwest of Damascus killed at least eight children and five women, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The Britain-based watchdog has confirmed the identities of eight child victims, all members of the same clan, said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

"The children were aged between six months and nine years old," Abdel Rahman said, adding that five women were also killed in the strike.

Amateur video posted online by activists, which could not be verified, showed several buildings damaged in the attack. Several bloodied bodies could be seen in the rubble.

Regime warplanes on Monday also struck Daraya, near Moadamiyat al-Sham, said the Observatory without giving details.

According to the watchdog, which relies on a network of activists, doctors and lawyers inside Syria, more than 3,500 children have been killed in Syria's 22-month conflict.

On Sunday alone, 14 children were killed, most of them near Damascus, it said.

The army has in recent weeks stepped up its bid to take back key rebel enclaves in towns east and southwest of Damascus, as it seeks to stamp out insurgency around the capital.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, according to United Nations figures.

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