Saturday, April 25
Latest News
  1. US: Russia failing to fully implement Ukraine ceasefire
  2. Kerry urges Yemen rebels and their allies to enter talks
  3. Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back
  4. Iraq lacks DNA results to test body of 'Saddam deputy'
  5. Family: Syria's sacked political spy chief dead
  6. Officials: 14 Somali, Afghan immigrants killed by train in Macedonia
  7. UNICEF: At least 115 children killed in Yemen since March 26
  8. Athens stocks jump 4.4% on hopes of EU deal
  9. EU clears 19 genetically modified products
  10. Seismologists: Strong earthquake rattles New Zealand
  11. EU says progress 'not sufficient' for Greece debt deal
  12. World leaders join silence at ceremony marking Armenian genocide
  13. Jordan's crown prince at UN takes on militant 'dark world'
  14. US officials: Iranian ships turn back from Yemen
  15. Pakistan PM affirms Saudi 'solidarity' despite Yemen snub
  16. Three British plane spotters released in UAE
  17. UK regulator fines Deutsche Bank $340 mn over Libor
  18. Saudi tightens mall security after alert
  19. Markit: Eurozone business activity slows in April
  20. France condemns 'shocking' Indonesia failings on death row case

Activists: Air raid kills 10 children near Damascus

Nov. 26, 2012 10:32 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2012 4:48 A.M.)
AMMAN (Reuters) - A Syrian government air strike on a rebel-held village near Damascus killed 10 children on Sunday as they played outdoors, opposition activists said, and video footage showed residents collecting young bodies torn by shrapnel.

The children went out after a lull in fighting in Deir al-Asafir, a village 12 km east of Damascus, when fighter jets struck, activists and residents said.

Video footage taken by activists showed the bodies of two young girls, one wearing purple, the other red, on the street in the village, with wounds to their neck and head. A sobbing woman picked up one of the girls up and hugged her lifeless body.

Another two dead boys, hit in the head and face, were shown on the backseat of a car. Men picked up the bodies of two other children while a larger body lay next to the front wheel of a vehicle.

"None of those killed were older than 15 years old. There are two women among 15 people wounded, mostly hit as they were inside the courtyards of their houses," said Abu Kassem, an activist in the village told Reuters.

"There were no fighters inside Deir al-Asafir when the bombing occurred. They operate on the outskirts. This was indiscriminate bombing," he said.

Abu Kassem said the munitions dropped by the fighter jets were cluster bombs. Other footage showed a row of what appeared to be unexploded small bombs.

"We collected 70 of these so far," one man said.

Syria has barred most reporters from the country making it hard to verify the report.

Syrian authorities made no comment on the report, but official media have said the army has been on the offensive to "cleanse" the area of what the government calls as terrorists.

Earlier this month, the UN political affairs chief told the Security Council of credible reports that the Syrian military has used cluster bombs in fighting the 20-month revolt against President Bashar Assad's autocratic rule.

The Syrian army has denied a Human Rights Watch report issued in October that Assad's forces have used cluster bombs, saying it did not possess such weapons.

Cluster bombs are banned under a 2010 UN treaty, though Syria, like Israel, Russia and the United States have not signed the pact.
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015