Assad Airstrikes Kill 8 Displaced People in Daraa

Regime forces escalate attacks on opposition-held areas as part of a massive campaign to retake the southern province from rebels, Zaman al-Wasl writes

At least eight people, including children, were killed in Syrian regime airstrikes on a school sheltering displaced people in southern Daraa province, local activists said.

Wednesday's strikes hit the town of Tafas in the western countryside of Daraa. Meanwhile, in Daraa city regime warplanes carried out more than 12 raids from the early morning.

The regime army and Hezbollah militiants have escalated attacks against a rebel-held part of the southern city of Daraa, a possible prelude to a large-scale campaign to wrest full control of the city, rebels and residents told Reuters.

Government forces have recently intensified their dropping of barrel bombs, drums and cylinders packed with shrapnel, and fired hundreds of so-called elephant rockets on Daraa's old quarter and a former refugee camp nearby, sources added.

The intensive raids and bombing strikes have mainly pounded the southern part of Daraa, located on Syria’s southern border with Jordan and home of the initial uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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