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Air strikes on Syria’s Eastern Ghouta kill at least 23

On Monday, February 5th 2018, air strikes on areas of Eastern Ghouta, just outside the Syrian capital Damascus, killed at least 23, with a further 70 wounded.

At least nine of the dead, including two children, were killed in an air raid on a market in the town of Beit Sawa.

The strikes were thought to have been carried out by Syrian and Russian forces.

Syrian state media also reported shelling on government-held Damascus, killing one woman and wounding three other civilians.

Our latest data shows that in the first 11 months of 2017 there was a 42% increase in civilian deaths from explosive violence globally, compared to the same period in 2016.

Of the total civilian deaths recorded (15,399), 58% were caused by airstrikes, mainly in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Civilian deaths from airstrikes in this 11-month period was 8,932 – an increase of 82% compared to the same period in 2016 when 4,902 civilians were killed, or 1,169% compared to 2011, when 704 died.

Syria was the worst impacted country and civilian deaths in Syria increased by 55%, compared to the same period the previous year.

AOAV strongly condemns the use of violence against civilians and calls upon all states and groups to stop using weapons with wide-area impacts in populated areas, due to the severe impact these have on civilians.