#AceWorldNews – SYRIA (Douma) – June 28 – At least two people have been killed in a car bomb blast in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital, as residents went shopping a day before the start of the holy month of Ramadan, activists said.
The blast on Saturday in a market in Douma wounded several others, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and videos released by activists in the area.
The activists said the market was crowded as many people went shopping a day before Ramadan, when observant Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and feast in the evenings.
Other footage uploaded to the internet showed the flaming wreckage of an overturned vehicle in front of the blackened pillars of a nearby building.
Abu Yazan, an activist in the nearby suburb of Saqba, told the AP news agency via Skype that hospitals were full of wounded people.
Other videos posted on-line showed the bloodied and burnt bodies of two dead boys. Other people, including children, were seen receiving treatment. Several other wounded people lay sprawled out on bloodstained white tiles.
Douma, one of the most populous suburbs of Damascus, has been under rebel control for more than two years.
#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – DAMASCUS – 25 May 2014 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today expressed outrage at a deliberate attack on a humanitarian warehouse in the Damascus province of Syria, which occurred as aid workers were preparing to distribute urgently needed supplies to hundreds of families in the besieged city.
“The targeting of the warehouse, which reportedly killed several people and wounded one Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer, is evidence of the blatant disregard for International Humanitarian Law which is a disturbing feature of the conflict in Syria,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in a statement from her office (OCHA).
She added that the attack violated assurances from those involved in the conflict that they would refrain from hostilities while the joint UN/SARC convoy was on the ground.
The city of Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta area of Damascus province, has been under siege by Government forces for over 18 months. It has been nearly two months since aid workers were last able to bring supplies into the city.
“People are in desperate need of food, water, sanitation, health services and medicines,” Ms. Amos said.
The joint convoy carried food and non-food items, and medicines for the treatment of chronic diseases for up to 24,000 people. As a result of the attack distribution on site was forced to be cancelled and the supplies delivered to Syrian Arab Red Crescent partners in Douma.
“Aid workers are frequently targeted or subjected to harassment in Syria,” the UN senior official said. Among recent incidents, aid workers on 8 February came under direct attack during the aid delivery and evacuation of people from the old city of Homs.
Such attacks are “utterly unacceptable and have a devastating ripple effect as they hinder the provision of aid to those in desperate need”, said Ms. Amos.
Courtesy of United Nations – 25/05/2104 – http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsId=47890
#AceWorldNews – DAMASCUS – April 13 – Syrian jet fighters are reported to have launched a fierce offensive against a string of opposition strongholds, including Kafr Zita, a village north of Damascus that was recently hit by an alleged poisonous gas attack.
Other towns on the edges of the capital, including Eastern Ghouta area, were also hit by the bombardment, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.
“Warplanes carried out two air strikes against areas of Douma” north-east of Damascus, the UK-based monitoring group said, adding that “at least five people including one child were killed and several others injured”.
One of the strikes on Douma, an opposition stronghold since early in the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, hit a crowded marketplace, according to the Syrian Revolution General Commission, a network of activists on the ground.