Pro-Assad forces renew shelling on Douma, 22 civilians killed and more than 150 trapped under rubble

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A Syrian youth runs past blood stains and debris following air strikes by regime forces on the city of Douma, east of Damascus. (AFP)

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – At least 22 people were killed and dozens injured after Syrian regime forces bombarded residential neighborhoods in the opposition-held city of Douma east of Damascus, local sources reported on Saturday. 

Pro-Assad forces targeted Saturday the war-torn city with artillery shelling and airstrikes.  

Speaking to ARA News in Douma, city rights activist Mouaz al-Shami said that rescue teams collected the bodies of at least 22 victims.

“More than 150 others are still trapped under the ruins of the destroyed buildings in Douma,” he said, adding that the death toll could rise in the coming hours. 

“Our rescue teams are still searching for survivors,” al-Shami added. 

The city has been under strikes by Syrian regime forces for nearly one week. 

On Sunday, more than 100 civilians were killed and 300 wounded when the Syrian air force hit a crowded market in Douma city. The regime-led strikes also caused a massive damage in the opposition-held city.

U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman said that the Syrian regime has committed a war crime with its airstrikes on the city of Douma.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

Source: ARA News

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