At least seven people were killed in airstrikes on the Syrian capital of Damascus on Monday, according to a report from The Associated Press.
“Activists reported a third straight day of escalations by pro-government forces against opposition-held areas inside and around the capital,” said the report, noting that jets belonging to Russian or Syrian Air Forces were responsible for devastating neighborhoods and wounding at least 12 people,
The neighborhoods that were bombed make up one of the last two footholds of the Syrian opposition inside the Damascus city limits.
The Syrian Civil Defense first responders, known as the White Helmets, released a video which shows volunteer members rescuing a young girl who was covered with rubble after her neighborhood was was hit by an air strike.
It was reported that Syrian researcher Aron Lund explained to the U.S.-based Century Foundation policy institute how the two neighborhoods connect to a vast, opposition-held district in the suburbs of the capital through a network of smuggling tunnels. “Pro-government forces have so far failed to collapse rebel defenses inside the Eastern Ghouta district, despite besieging them there since 2013.”
Four Russian servicemen were killed when their vehicle was attacked by a remote-controlled bombed in Syria last Thursday, bringing the total number of Russian combat casualties in that war up to 27.
Although no one is claiming responsibility for bombing the Russian convoy, experts suspect ISIS. “Moscow launched its military operations in support of President Bashar Assad’s forces in September 2015. The Russian military has touted its air power as the backbone of its intervention, but its technicians, military advisers, and police forces have helped to clear and secure territory as well,” said the report. More than 4,000 servicemen have been deployed in Syria, according to Russian media sources.
H/T: ABC News
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