Published: Thu, March 22, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Strike in northwest Syria kills 20, including 16 children: monitor

Strike in northwest Syria kills 20, including 16 children: monitor

In other parts of Syria, government forces have also pressed the rebels to enter into local cease-fire agreements under which the militants and their families would relocate to other parts of the country.

The deal, which covers the town of Harasta, is the first of its kind in the enclave, though details are still being worked out.

Monther Fares, a spokesman for the powerful Ahrar al-Sham group, said the deal gives security guarantees for those who decide to stay in the town after the government takes over.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is determined to end what he calls a terrorist threat near his seat of power. Syrian authorities accuse rebels of firing rockets into the suburbs in revenge attacks, which rebels deny.

BEIRUT-In one of the deadliest attacks in the Syrian capital in the country's seven-year civil war, at least 44 people, majority women and children, were killed when insurgents fired mortar shells on a busy market in Damascus, state media said Wednesday. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday condemned the assault on Ghouta and accused Assad's ally Russian Federation of "just watching" the events unfold.

This comes as rebels from Harasta, which is largely under the control of Ahrar al-Sham militiamen, were supposed to evacuate positions in that area recently.

The deal for the evacuation of rebels from Harasta should have seen light two days ago, but the rebels didn't honor the agreement, Haidar said. Hundreds of people have been killed there in recent weeks, and tens of thousands have fled.

More than 100 civilians were killed in the last two days of air strikes in eastern Ghouta with most of the raids on Douma city, the largest population center with more than 150,000 people still living there.

"They bomb us to force us to leave our homes and everything behind us and say imminent death faces those who stay", Iyad Abdul Aziz, head of the local council in Douma, told Reuters.

Food was getting scarce after an aerial strike on Sunday damaged warehouses where the last shipment of United Nations aid had been stored, he added.

Four major rebel groups are now positioned inside Eastern Ghouta, namely the Islam Army, Failaq al-Rahman, Ahrar al-Sham, and the Levant Liberation Committee, known as the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.

They have so far refused to leave the enclave, but the most likely outcome was still their transfer to opposition-held areas in northern and southern Syria, a rebel official said.

The media bureau of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement announced in a statement that the Takfiris have agreed to disarm in return for safe passage to the northwestern province of Idlib.

On Wednesday, one strike killed 20 people there including 16 children, the war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said.

Like this: