7 killed in Syria bombings

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Cairo, June 30 (IANS) At least seven civilians were killed in bombings carried out by the Syrian Army and government forces on several areas in Deraa province, activists reported on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that five civilians, including one woman were killed and several were wounded in the Army’s bombings on the towns of al-Sahwa and Jasm, located in the east of the province, Efe news reported.

In addition, a man and a woman lost their lives in airstrikes that targeted the eastern areas of Um al-Miyazen and Nawa, also located in Deraa.

The NGO pointed out that the death toll could rise due to the severity of some wounds, without specifying the exact number of injured.

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Another nine civilians were killed on Friday night in artillery shelling launched by government forces on the town of al-Kark in Deraa.

The casualties bring the number of civilian deaths up to 116 since the government offensive was launched on June 19, including 19 minors and 23 women, according to the latest figures provided by the SOHR.

Some 45,000 people in the region have fled the bombings and artillery fire, according to the UN. Jordan recently warned it would no longer accept refugees from Syria.

The UNs’ special envoy to the embattled country, Staffan de Mistura, warned that southern Syria could end up in a situation as “catastrophic” as Aleppo or Eastern Ghouta.

–IANS

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