first published on February 25, 2018 by Will
Video from East Ghouta shows Syrian regime rockets indiscriminately carpet an entire neighborhood.
The East Ghouta area just east of Syria’s capital city of Damascus was one of the first areas to fall to the anti Assad rebels during the beginning of the Syrian War, and is now reported to be one of the last remaining areas near Damascus still under rebel control.
The Russian-backed Syrian government has been absolutely pummeling the residential neighborhoods with nonstop airstrikes and rockets. There are an estimated 400,000 residents still living in the area, and the recent bombardment campaign is believed to have killed at least 500 people. While the strikes themselves are killing many more civilians than rebels, Assad hopes to put his people through enough suffering that they begin pressuring the rebels to leave or enter some sort of peace agreement.
Western media has been putting emphasis on the human rights nightmare, but if Assad’s several weeks of prolonged bombing on the Damascus neighborhood of Darayya back in the summer of 2016 taught us anything, it’s that nothing will come of this, as far as the UN or any other kind of international intervention is concerned.
Although the UN Security Council just unanimously voted for a 30-day ceasefire in the area, news reports indicate that the Syrian military laughed it off and is now moving ahead with their ground offensive in East Ghouta.
Those rebels still holding their ground are likely to be members of al Qaeda’s Hayet Tahrir ash Sham (HTS) as well as the Free Syrian Army umbrella group’s Jaysh (Army) of Islam. The following video shows clips from the day and night bombing campaign against East Ghouta.