Major Casualties Reported in Douma After Regime Strikes

According to reports from the British-based Syrian Observatory on Human Rights (SOHR), government attacks on the town of Douma, east of Damascus, killed at least 12 and wounded at least 100 on February 5.

The Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) group, which operates in the east Ghouta town of Douma, was reported to have carried out shelling of Damascus on the same day.

While it was not clear if these were in response to the specific government attack, AFP reported that Jaysh al-Islam had vowed retaliation for continued government strikes on Douma two days previously.

A Twitter account believed to be operated by Jaysh al-Islam leader Zahran Alloush said the group was responsible for the shelling and that it was a response to Syrian Army strikes on Douma and other areas of eastern Ghouta. A Twitter account linked to the group’s website also claimed responsibility.

The SOHR also said the attacks on central Damascus left four dead and dozens wounded. Syrian state media said at least three people were killed.

The videos here show the government strikes on Douma and their aftermath. Credit: YouTube/Yasser Dumaini