Syrian government air strikes on areas east of Damascus have killed 247 people in the last 10 days, including 50 children, and wounded 1,000 more people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The attacks on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region included Aug. 16 air strikes that killed 117 people in a marketplace in Douma, some
15 km (10 miles) northeast of the capital. The area is besieged by government forces. A rescue service operating in the rebel-held region, the Civil Defense, has documented 265 deaths, including 44 children and 33 women in the same period, said the spokesman for Rif Damascus – the rural area around the city. Speaking to Reuters via the internet, he put the wounded at 1,200.