By Adham Kako
At least 12 civilians were killed when Assad regime forces shelled Eastern Ghouta region, east of Damascus, on Saturday, according to a Syrian civil
According to eyewitnesses, regime airstrikes and shelling hit the town of Haresta that left two civilians dead. The village of
Separately, in another airstrike, six civilians were killed in
A number of injured people were transferred to nearby medical points.
Syrian regime's intense attacks on Eastern Ghouta between Nov. 14-17 killed 45 civilians, according to a report by civil
Eastern Ghouta falls within a network of de-escalation zones -- set up in Syria by Turkey, Russia and Iran -- in which acts of aggression are expressly forbidden. Regime forces have repeatedly attacked the district this week, leaving dozens of civilians dead or injured.
Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating civil war that began in early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the fighting and more than 10 million displaced, according to the UN.