Syrian regime forces bomb Violations Documentation Centre in Damascus


People walk on rubble as others try to put out a fire after reported airstrikes followed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus. File photo

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – A Syrian regime fighter jet on Saturday attacked an office for the Violations Documentation Center (VDC) near the capital Damascus.

“Two missiles fired by a Syrian government fighter jet hit the VDC office in the Ghouta district of Damascus countryside on Saturday,” the centre said in a statement.

“According to confirmed evidence, the attack occurred during airstrikes on civilian areas in Doma city in eastern Ghota. The attack led to considerable material damage and the destruction of the office,” it said.

VDC office director, Thaer Hijazi, said that “Doma city and the rest of eastern Ghota cities are under a heavy attack for a week now, where the frequency was noticeably increased during the last week.”

“Yesterday the main city market was attacked resulting in nine deaths, while today the attack started at noon and in the beginning focused on the city outer neighbourhoods but moved to the city centre later.”

The Syrian regime air force launched Saturday a total of twelve airstrikes in the vicinity of Damascus, resulting in 70 injuries and 4 deaths.

“In the afternoon, one of the VDC offices was attacked by two missiles launched from Syrian government jet fighters. The attacked building hosts other civil organization offices like the Local Development Office, The Hurras Network, an office for Rising for Freedom, and an office for the Syrian Non-Violence Movement. The attack did not result in any human casualties but considerable material damage and the destruction of the office.”

The Violations Documentation Centre condemned the bombardment of its office in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus, considering it to be in line with the other systematic and continuous hostile activities carried out by the Syrian government against the civilians in the Ghota area.

“The VDC ensures the continuity of its independent legal work in documenting the violations against human rights and the International Humanitarian Law in the Ghota and the rest of Syria from all parties to ensure the fulfilment of its main objective of bringing about justice for the victims and hold perpetrators for the war crimes accountable,” the centre said.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

Source: ARA News

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