With the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advancing in East Ghouta, a spokesman of the French Foreign Ministry, Romain Nadal, said the government airstrikes in the area were designed to “terrorize” local civilians and effectively, erode attempts to find a political solution to the war.
The comments were made earlier today (Friday) with specific reference to recent events in the Deir al-Asafir suburb of Damascus, where some 33 residents were reportedly killed yesterday (Thursday) by the Syrian Air Force, according to the pro-opposition group, Syrian Observatory For Human Rights (SOHR).
“France condemns the airstrikes carried out by the regime,” Nadal told reporters in a weekly briefing. “This attack, which deliberately targeted civilians, including children, shows that the regime is continuing its abuses and violating the truce”.
Meanwhile, Syrian government troops – backed by Hezbollah – are currently engaged in heavy clashes with the Syrian al-Qaeda group, Jabhat al-Nusra, on the outskirts of the Deir al-Asafir district in southeastern Damascus.
In November of 2015, France was shocked by an ISIS terrorist attack in the country’s capital which left 138 French residents dead with several hundred others injured.
With the Syrian peace talks in Geneva currently underway, France seems to continue its support for the Syrian Opposition, which is formally represented in Geneva by the High Negotiations Committee (HNC).
The HNC, which was formed in the Saudi-Arabian capital of Riyadh, is made up of 34 Syrian rebel groups, including Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaish al-Islam; these Islamist militias are considered terrorist organizations by the Syrian Government and Moscow.