The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The most violent shelling on the Eastern Ghouta since the start of its failing truce: more than 70 missiles target Ein Tarma within 24 hours

Rif Dimashq Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the regime forces continue their intensive shelling on Ein Tarma area in the Eastern Ghouta. This is considered the most violent shelling witnessed by the town and the Eastern Ghouta since the failing truce came into force on the 22nd of July 2017. The regime forces fired after midnight 13 missiles, believed to be ground-to-ground, at the outskirts of Ein Tarma town and in its vicinity from the side of Jobar neighborhood. Thus, the number of missiles, believed to be ground-to-ground, that have been fired by the regime forces during the last 24 hours on Ein Tarma town, rose to 70, causing the death of a female citizen and a girl and the fall of several others injured.

The SOHR published yesterday at noon, the 3rd of August 2017, that a woman and a girl were killed and others were injured as a result of firing missiles, believed to be ground-to-ground, by the regime forces on Ein Tarma town, raising the number of martyrs that fell since the Eastern Ghouta truce came into force on the 22nd of July until its 12th day. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented during this period the death and injury of about 170 civilians. Specifically, 25 civilians, including 7 children below the age of 18 and 7 women above the age of 18, were killed in the aerial, rocket and artillery shelling on the Eastern Ghouta, while about 145 persons were injured, with varied degrees of severity, some of them were seriously injured and others had their limbs amputated.

In the same context, the SOHR documented over the same period of time, July 22 till the noon of August 3, the death of 3 members of the regime forces and their allied militiamen and the fall of about 15 others injured, with varying degrees of severity, in the clashes and the exchange of targeting between the regime forces and their allied militiamen on one hand, and the Islamic factions operating in the Eastern Ghouta on the other. These continued breaches by the regime forces and the factions’ targeting of the positions and the sites of the regime forces on some occasions, are leading to the failure of the truce in the Eastern Ghouta, as a result of non-abidance by the ceasefire and the cessation of military operation as the regime forces have been seeking for weeks, prior to the implementation of the truce, to separate Jober neighborhood from the Eastern Ghouta through advancing into areas adjacent to Almotahalik Aljanobi (the Southern Bypass) which separates them.