Missiles kill more than 40 in Syrian market

2015-10-30 17:28
A paramedic carries a child wounded in an attack on Douma, Syria. (AP)

A paramedic carries a child wounded in an attack on Douma, Syria. (AP)

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Beirut - More than 40 people were killed and about 100 wounded when Syrian government forces fired missiles into a marketplace in a town near Damascus, a conflict monitor and a local rescue group said on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of sources on the ground, said government forces fired 12 missiles at Douma, 15km northeast of Damascus.

Douma has suffered intense bombardment in recent months in a wave of strikes the Syrian army has said targets insurgents that have launched attacks on government-held areas.

Syrian Civil Defence, a local humanitarian rescue group that operates in rebel-held areas, posted a picture on its Facebook page of about a dozen bloodied bodies laid on the ground on plastic sheeting. It said the attack had said used guided missiles.

A volunteer from the group in the wider area told Reuters the death toll in Douma had risen to at least 47, and that local rescue services were completely stretched.

"We are treating [wounded] only as much as we are able," he said, asking not to be named for security reasons.

"Everyone in the civil defence in Eastern Ghouta is deployed and totally stretched, and rockets are still hitting residential areas."

On its twitter feed the Civil Defence linked to a video showing people tending to survivors in a chaotic scene of blackened rubble and fire. Footage showed bodies on the ground of the market place, where stalls had been blown to pieces. Reuters was unable to independently verify the events shown.

"Utterly heinous that while world leaders meet for peace in Vienna, attack[s] against civilians continue in Syria," the group said in a tweet.

Many of Douma's residents have fled the 4-year-old conflict, moving to nearby rural areas. Medics say they have struggled to cope with large numbers of wounded in the intensified strikes.

Syria's civil war has killed more than 250 000 people and driven more than 10 million from their homes. International diplomats were meeting on Friday at a peace conference in Vienna, the first to be attended by President Bashar Assad's main ally Iran.

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