BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M.) – The unimaginable violence tainting the civilians in and around the Syrian capital continued on Thursday, as both the government and rebel forces traded blows in east Damascus.
Despite the ceasefire talks taking place in Damascus, the two sides continued to pummel each other with missiles and mortar shells.
In one instance on Thursday, the rebel forces in the East Ghouta fired a round of mortar shells towards the Dar Al-Salaam School in Damascus, killing three young children and severe damaging the educational institute.
Below is footage of one of the mortar shells striking this school along Shalaan Street in Damascus city:
Meanwhile, in the East Ghouta, Syrian opposition activists have accused the government of killing dozens of people in Douma, Harasta, Arbeen, Zamalka, Mesraba, and ‘Ayn Tarma on Thursday.
The activists added that the overall death toll has exceeded 350, making this stretch of four days the bloodiest in months.
In response to the increased violence in eastern Damascus, the Syrian Red Crescent Society has called on all sides to immediately halt all hostilities in this part of the province.