Nearly 130 people have been killed in the latest attack to strike the Syrian town of Damascus. It is one of the deadliest bombing raids in the last three years and has left residents of the area fearing for their lives.
The Syrian government has been ramping up efforts to try and oust rebels fighters who have taken a stronghold within Damascus. Although the rebels control the streets, many innocent residents still live in the city. Most have nowhere to flee to and are stuck trying to survive the war zone.
"The violence in the capital and nearby areas came as scores of pro-government gunmen began entering the northern Kurdish enclave of Afrin. Turkish troops shelled the areas shortly after the fighters entered the area, forcing journalists to flee. Turkish state media reported the pro-government forces then fell back 10 kilometers -- 6 miles -- from Afrin city," according to CBS News.
Damascus has been a dangerous city for some time now. 400,000 people live in the area and have been subjected to rebels forces, military bombardments, raids, and food shortages.
"Monday's bombardment that killed nearly 100 people saw the use of warplanes, helicopter gunships, missiles as well as artillery, in a major escalation of violence near President Bashar Assad's seat of power. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was the deadliest days in eastern Ghouta since 2015, adding that 20 children and 15 women were among those killed," wrote CBS.
"It's a bloody day," said Abdelrahman Shahin, a 31-year-old resident of Damascus who was walking on the street when a shell landed on a nearby taxi, killing the driver and a passenger in front of his eyes. They both died," he said, visibly shaken. "The driver was out for his livelihood, his family will be waiting for him," he said.
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