Syria Daily: Reports — Latest Pro-Assad Attacks Kill 57 Near Damascus and in East

A wounded boy after a pro-Assad airstrike on the town of Misraba, November 26, 2017 (Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

UPDATE 2000 GMT: Russia has proposed a ceasefire on Tuesday and Wednesday in the East Ghouta area near Damascus.

The Defense Ministry did not explain what would happen after Wednesday in East Ghouta, which it had declared a de-escalation zone but which its ally the Assad regime continued to attack.

Russian warplanes were involved in an escalation of the assault almost two weeks ago, since when at least 125 people have been killed. The escalation came after rebels attacked a base, near the town of Harasta, from which the regime was firing rockets.

Meanwhile, the estimated civilian death toll from Russian airstrikes on the village of al-Shafah, in eastern Deir ez-Zor Province, has risen to 51. Four more people were killed in an attack on the village of al-Darnaj.

Russian and Assad regime attacks killed at least 57 people near Damascus and in eastern Syria on Sunday, according to local sources.

The ongoing bombardment of besieged East Ghouta near the capital killed at least 23 people, most of them in the town of Misraba.

Pro-Assad forces have been maintaining assaults despite Russia’s declaration of a de-escalation zone, hoping to break the last opposition areas, throughout the autumn. More than 125 people, including 30 children, have been slain in less than two weeks.

Meanwhile, the estimated 390,000 residents are enduring a tightening siege, with the closure of tunnels and the last supply checkpoint and the regime’s blocking of assistance by the UN and other organizations.

See Syria Daily, Nov 20: Pro-Assad Forces Continue Attacks on Civilians Near Damascus
Starving and Dying in Besieged East Ghouta

The attacks also sent a signal ahead of political talks which are scheduled to resume in Geneva on Tuesday, following a coordinated effort between the Assad’s regime essential backers, Russia and Iran, and the leading supporters of the opposition, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

“I think the main goal is make rebels feel even weaker ahead of the UN talks next week,” Guney Yildiz of the European Council of Foreign Relations said.

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Reports: 34 Killed in Deir ez-Zor Province

In Deir ez-Zor Province in eastern Syria, 34 civilians, including 15 children, were reportedly killed in the village of al-Shafah by Russian airstrikes.

Russia’s Defence Ministry said six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers targeted Islamic State positions in “terrorist strongholds” in the valley near the Euphrates River.

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        • I’d love to see them try that. The cowardly Iranians have always been very eager to fight Israel down to the last arab. All the commanders and terrorist proxies they lost in Syria would seem quaint by comparison. Plus hopefully Tehran would be struck in retaliation. It’s long past time Iran reaped what they sowed on their own soil.

          • OK, “in ISIS hands” would be better stated as “in the hands of tribes formerly affiliated to ISIS”.

            What else explains the speed and ease of their “capture”?

            • The tribes are very different from an ISIS army. Tribes are there, whether it be ISIS or SDF. The Tribes have no choice but to cooperate with ISIS — enough of the tribes elders were slaughtered by ISIS that they learnt not to oppose them. If the tribes handed over the wells to SDF, then that would not be surprising. But ISIS by itself has no way to defend the wells. The only use of the wells is to ship and sell the oil as a source of income. If ISIS cannot control the roads to the markets, such as Turkey, there is no point of holding on to a well, as it cannot ship the oil. The tanker would be arrested by SDF and the oil confiscated.
              ISIS can only survive in dense urban areas and its method of operation is to tax the citizenry to pay for their fighters and their programs. None of that is available where the oil wells are – with no urban population at the wells – which probably need only one or two person plus security to operate. ISIS needs dense agricultural areas, and those are all by the river. Oil wells have no value to ISIS, except to fuel their vehicles, but then they need to refine it, and they can’t spend a good part of their militants defending 500 oil wells and tens of informal refineries.

    • Razmjoo – Is this like those recreational motorboats that Iran sends, complete with a WWII AA gun, to harass US destroyers in the Persian Gulf? Just for propaganda and domestic consumption? To give domestic hezbollahi die-hards a reason to celebrate? When the country is mired in poverty and falling behind in all statistics compared to other nations? Where illiteracy, poverty, misery is rampant?

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