War planes in Syria have killed at least 82 people and wounded over 200 more in a market place in Douma, Damascus on Sunday. The attack took place in a known rebel held neighbourhood, according to a U.K. based monitoring group.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, however, the number of casualties has since gone up, and could be as high as 96. The attack is thought to be in retaliation for the rebel attack against other neighbourhoods in Damascus, which last week killed 6.
The carnage of the scene has been described by both the BBC and Al Jazeera, with the news outlets describing the setting as “a marketplace destroyed, with surrounding buildings in ruins and vehicles on fire” and “an intersection strewn with rubble and twisted metal”.
Makeshift morgues had to be created around the marketplace, with doctors and hospitals becoming overcrowded with the injured and the dying. Rumours also suggest that due to the overwhelming strain on ambulances in the area, civilian vehicles have also been called in to help transport the injured to surrounding hospitals.
It has also been reported that most of those killed were civilians, and many of the injured were children, according to Rami Abdelrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It has also been suggested that the high death toll was due to many people rushing in to help after the first strike, and were then killed by the following bombs that were then dropped.
This is only the latest attack by the government in rebel held Douma, which was attacked earlier in the week by government air forces, which killed 27.
An unverified YouTube video is thought to show the aftermath of the marketplace attack, posted by the Syrian Civil Defence in the Damascus Countryside hours after the bombing took place.