Government strike 'kills dozens' in Syria's Douma

Baku, October 29, AZERTAC

At least 47 people have been killed and over 100 others wounded after Syrian government air strikes targeted a marketplace in a Damascus suburb, according to Al Jazeera.

An officer of the Syria Civil Defence in the Damascus' suburbs branch told Al Jazeera that the air raids struck a busy market in Douma on Friday, killing at least 47 and injuring more than 100 others.

Douma, east of Damascus, has been under intense government attack for weeks now.

Witnesses said missiles were fired into the marketplace in a rebel-held part of Douma. The toll is expected to rise as people are pulled out of damaged buildings.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the UK-based monitoring group, said at least 40 civilians were killed and 140 others were injured in Friday's assault on Douma.

The attack came as the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran met in Vienna with the aim of achieving a political settlement to help end the war in Syria.

Friday's talks in the Austrian capital included an Iranian delegation for the first time.

Representatives from Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, the European Union, and other Arab states, are also expected to attend.

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