Documenting the Syrian governmental forces shelling on Ad-Dmeer city in Damascus countryside
The methodology of the report is based on the investigations conducted by SNHR team with activists and eyewitnesses from Damascus countryside. It includes two eyewitnesses’ accounts in addition to the verified pictures and video footages sent by cooperating activists from inside the city given that no one of our team was able to reach the targeted area. Four video footages were verified. Also, the names of the eyewitnesses were modified upon their request.
Ad-Dmeer city is 45 Km to the northeast of Damascus.
On Sunday, 15 December, 2013 the warplanes of the Syrian government have targeted the Southern neighborhood of Ad-Dmeer city with several rockets without any prior warning or reasonable cause. This attack caused a huge destruction in the residential buildings and killed 26 people including 10 children and three women in addition to no less than 250 injuries.
SNHR has contacted the Human Rights activist Abu Azzam in Ad-Dmeer city, and he gave the network his testimony:
At about 10 am we’ve watched about 15 air strikes targeting the Southern neighborhood of the city which caused the destruction of more than 30 houses; half of which were totally destroyed. I was one of the team members who were working on covering the incidents and pictures of the targeted areas and medical points. I’ve counted more than 25 people who were killed including women and children and many injuries, more than 200. We were significantly short on medics and equipment as the field-hospitals inside the city don’t have all the necessary equipment.”