The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports that airstrikes by Syrian government forces have killed at least three people in the Damascus suburb of Darayya.
Filmed from a balcony, this video purportedly shows a Syrian army attack helicopter, a Russian-built Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’, dropping its payload of what activists from the ‘Darya Media Centre [sic]’ said were two ‘barrel bombs’.
According to the SOHR, which is not linked to any political body, as many as 12 ‘barrel bombs’ were dropped on the town in multiple raids on Wednesday. And ‘barrel bomb’ attacks on Darayya have taken place almost every day for the past two weeks, with up to 40 occurring on any given day.
‘Barrel bombs’ are improvised weapons: oil drums or similar canisters are filled with explosives and shrapnel. They are unguided, or ‘dumb’ bombs, and their destructive capabilities often level entire buildings and pulverize neighbourhoods.
The Syrian air offensive on rebel-held areas, and on ISIS-controlled territory, has been carried out with renewed vigour since Russia deployed a multitude of military assets - including 34 combat jets and 21 helicopters - to the region to come to the aid of embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Assad recently thanked Russian president Vladimir Putin for his country’s support, praising the Russian leader for intervening to fight “terrorism”, according to the Guardian.
Since the start of Moscow’s anti-terror operation in Syria, which began approximately one month ago, the Russian Air Force has conducted more than 1,400 sorties and has eliminated more than 1,600 terrorist targets.
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