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Several Civilians Killed as More Bombing Raids Slammed Douma

Several Civilians Killed as More Bombing Raids Slammed Douma

A commander in the regional military alliance that backs Assad said Jaish al-Islam's only option was to accept safe passage to rebel-held areas northeast of Aleppo as talks overseen by Russian Federation had collapsed.

The White Helmets, a group of rescuers operating in opposition-held areas in Syria, said on Saturday that more than 50 air raids had struck the town, which sits just 15km east of the capital, Damascus, over the past 24 hours. Army of Islam has thousands of well-armed fighters in Douma. "The positions of the Syrian government troops have also been attacked with the use of small arms", the Russian Defense Ministry's statement read.

There have been reports that the Army of Islam wants to negotiate a new deal, complaining of mistreatment by Turkish troops in northern Syria. It said warplanes bombarded the group's headquarters and command and control center.

"Over the past two days residential areas of the capital were shelled with 25 mortar bombs and rocket-propelled missiles, which killed seven and wounded 42 civilians", he said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombardment of Douma killed eight people and wounded 48, including 15 children. "People are looking for guarantees for when the Syrian government enters Douma to not be harmed".

On Friday, the Syrian army launched a ground offensive on Douma's outskirts after talks sputtered over a rebel withdrawal.

The air and ground offensive on Eastern Ghouta has killed more than 1,600 civilians and caused an worldwide outcry.

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In response, an evacuation agreement signed with the Jaysh al-Islam rebel group that contorls Douma has been put on hold.

What became of the four rebel groups that once dominated the Syrian conflict? On Wednesday, 650 fighters and civilians escorted by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent left Douma and headed north toward the town of Jarablus, according to SANA and opposition activists.

Nawar Oliver, an analyst at the Omran Institute, told AFP Jaish Al Islam was facing "massive" military pressure. "This is something that we categorically reject". Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko said at a daily briefing.

He said the information came from a close aide of Abu Humam.

The SOHR said dozens of air strikes hit various parts of Douma, including some suspected to have been carried out by Russian warplanes.

"We are negotiating to remain, for our people to remain. and for that which protects them to remain", he said.

The explosion took place near the Great Mosque in the town of al-Bab in the Aleppo countryside, they added. Many more people had stayed, fearing what might follow departure from home towns they had not abandoned through seven years of war.On Friday, the buses stopped.Speaking before the airstrikes, the medical worker said he had made a decision to stay because his work was not finished.


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