February 9, 2018 / 8:29 AM / 8 months ago

Syrian rebel-held area suffers bloodiest week since 2015: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian rebel-held area Eastern Ghouta of Damascus has suffered its bloodiest week since 2015 as a result of government bombardment, with 229 people killed in the last four days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

A Civil defence member reacts as he holds a baby after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, February 7, 2018. REUTERS/ Bassam Khabieh

“During the past four days 229 people were killed in Eastern Ghouta villages, including 58 children and 43 women,” Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the Britain-based war monitor, told Reuters.

Reporting by Dahlia Nehme; Editing by Tom Perry and Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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