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Damascus 'Massacre': Air Strikes on Douma Kill 82, Injure 250

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A man carries an injured boy at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma following Syrian government air strikes. (ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 17 Aug 2015 11:40 AM

Syrian government air strikes on a market place in Douma near Damascus that killed at least 82 people are being called  "a massacre."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, told news service AFP that the 10 strikes on Douma also wounded at least 250 people.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said government planes continued to attack the market place after people arrived to evacuate the wounded.

Douma is located in the Syrian rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta and is a regular target of government air strikes.

Amnesty International earlier had accused the government of committing war crimes in Eastern Ghouta and it has also accused the opposition group of war crimes for firing rockets indiscriminately at the capital.

The Syrian Civil Defense, which provides rescue services for people working in opposition areas, revealed the names of 60 people killed in the latest round of air attacks, reported The Independent.

Syrian activist Mazen al-Shami told the Associated Press that the attacks on Douma left things there "catastrophic" and many of those wounded were taken to medical facilities in other areas.

United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien posted two messages on Twitter calling for peace in Syria and for more humanitarian relief.


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