Syrian Army Air force (SyAAF) carried out today morning a sorties of air raids on the rebel stronghold of Douma to the northeast of Damascus.
The air strikes were conducted in response to another deadly mortar attack on several district in the capital that killed 1 civilian and injured 12 others.
Damascus and nearby government-held districts have been recurrently targeted by mortars and homegrown missiles by rebel-controlled areas, mostly Douma and Jobar.
Yesterday, 9 civilians were killed, nearly 25 wounded in a bloody mortar attack near Damascus Chamber of Commerce in the crowded Baghdad Street in central Damascus.
Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in the city and believed to be manipulated as human shields by the anti-government insurgents.
The notorious Tawba prison (Repentance) in Douma is now home for thousands of army personnel and pro-government civilians who have been captured by the Islamic fighters in nearby military bases and neighboring residential areas.
Douma is fortress of Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam), a Saudi-backed Islamic rebels fighting the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and seek to establish a Shariaa-run state in the secular middle eastern country.
The group’s leader, Zahran Alloush was killed in a Syrian airstrike in December 25; the strongest blow the group ever received since its formation in 2013.