damascus - At least 23 people were killed by an attack by Syrian government troops against a stronghold of rebels. The attack was carried out on Sunday in the vicinity of the capital Damascus.
The attack is part of a large-scale offensive of the Syrians in an area where there are many rebels, the East Ghouta district. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, that offensive started two weeks ago. The Syrian army is supported by Russian aircraft. To date, 127 deaths have been counted, including 30 children.
The battle focused on targets in the cities of Mesraba and Harasta, which were heavily bombed. There are also drones against the rebels deployed there.
The civil war in Syria started in 2011. The number of deaths was already estimated at 220,000 in January 2015 by the United Nations. Millions of citizens have left their homes and have fled. With that, the largest influx of refugees started since the Second World War.