U.N. political chief says Syrian air force committed a war crime in Douma


The market is the main one in the town of Douma and has been targeted a number of times. Photo: Firas Abdullah

ARA News 

Geneva – U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman said that the Syrian regime has committed a war crime with its airstrikes on the city of Douma in Damascus suburb, where more than 100 people were killed and 300 others wounded on Sunday. 

Feltman’s statement came in a briefing to the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday.

“Sunday’s attack would be yet one more war crime for which those responsible must be held accountable,” he said. 

Douma’s attack was one of the deadliest in Syria’s four-year-old civil war. 

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

“The targeted market in central Douma is known for receiving hundreds of people everyday, and the moment that the pro-Assad warplanes chose for conducting the strikes was the most crowded one,” civil rights activist Adel Zarqa told ARA News in Douma. “They aimed to kill as many people as possible at once, and they unfortunately succeeded,” he added. 

U.N. aid chief Stephen O’Brien condemned –during a visit to Damascus– the regime-led strikes on the city of Douma. 

“As I was having discussions – it became apparent shortly afterwards – that there had been these airstrikes. Like others, I was horrified. It is absolutely vital to recognise that that is unacceptable,” O’Brien said. 

Reporting by: Lorin Silo

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