Syrian "Rebels" Massacre Civilians In Rocket Attack Days After Assad Drives Himself To Ghouta

On Tuesday evening anti-government fighters in the embattled East Ghouta suburb of Damascus launched a major attack, firing several missiles and artillery shells into a crowded shopping district of government-held Jaramana area, resulting in a civilian massacre.

The Guardian has described the attack as "one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital" which according to early reports took the lives of 38 civilians, including women and children. Local reporters say that number may climb higher

And according to Middle East based Al-Masdar News, which has a correspondent on the ground close to the scene, a near simultaneous attack on the Mezzeh District of Damascus resulted in the deaths of a woman and five children. 

Explosions light up the Damascus sky with Mt. Qasioun in the background during previous fighting in the summer of 2017. Photo provided by a local Damascus photographer, via Leith Fadel.

Explosions light up the Damascus sky with Mt. Qasioun in the background during previous fighting in the summer of 2017. Photo provided by a local Damascus photographer, via Leith Fadel.

The Guardian reports that the particular shopping area in Jaramana hit by a volley of rockets was particularly busy as Mother's Day - celebrated in Syria on March 21 - brought throngs of families into crowded markets:

State media said the opposition fire had hit the area of Jaramana, which residents said was full of shoppers – many buying presents before Mother’s Day. A taxi driver, who asked not to give his name, said he had been nearby when the rocket hit a street known for its cheap clothes and food shops.

“The place was full of people buying presents for Mother’s Day,” the 41-year-old said. A nurse in her 30s, who asked not to be named, said the projectile had hit a shopping area “next to a security checkpoint”. “The intensity of the blast was terrifying,” she said.

Though given scant attention in international media since the start of the now 7-year long war, Damascenes have had to endure living under the constant threat of mortar attack from al-Qaeda linked groups operating in the suburbs and Damascus countryside as "the new normal".

While the Syrian government has retaken most of Syria's populous urban centers, and much of the country has returned to some degree of stability, some observers have described the next phase of the war as an "endless insurgency" - expected to continue for years as the al-Qaeda insurgency goes underground. 

The intensity of indiscriminate mortar fire from Ghouta on civilian areas of the Damascus city center has markedly increased of late as the Syrian Army continues its ground incursion into the sprawling suburb which has been held for years by jihadist factions seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the defeat of the army. And according to The Guardian, the army is making progress in Ghouta

Regime and allied forces have retaken more than 80% of the area and splintered the rump of the enclave into three pockets, each controlled by different rebel groups.

The ground fighting as well as consistent government aerial bombardment has resulted in significant civilian casualties, with each side trading blame for disregarding civilian lives. The government for its part has accused the armed groups who have long operated in the Ghouta area of using civilians as human shields, instead of allowing them a safe exit through 'safe corridors' established by the Syrian Army. 

Meanwhile, President Assad early this week took the unusual step of driving through the Syrian capital's congested city center on his way to visit recaptured parts of Ghouta in a Honda.

Video footage of Assad driving the car through what appeared to be routine Damascus traffic and without any visible security escort was published to official "Syrian Presidency" social media accounts. 

"We're going to Ghouta, to see the situation," Assad told the camera at the start of a series of eight brief published videos. "Every meter of the areas that we're driving through may have a drop of the blood of a Syrian fighter, of a hero among heroes, so that we can all pass through it and for life to return," commented Assad as he drove himself to greet Syrian troops at newly recaptured parts of the Damascus suburb. "Let's not forget there are civilians and we must preserve their lives," he added. 

The surreal footage spread quickly through social media, and elicited the following commentary from The New York Times:

In bypassing the news media, Mr. Assad delivered an alternative view of the war, one in which he is assured and in charge, casually cruising past bombed-out buildings, often driving with just two fingers, an elbow propped casually out the window.

It is entirely possible that Tuesday evening's mass rocket and mortar attack on the busy government-held civilian shopping area in Jaramana was intended as highly visible revenge attack for Assad's prior 'public relations' casual drive to recaptured parts of the Ghouta suburb.

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CatInTheHat keep the basta… Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:56 Permalink

Eva Karene Bartlett, a fabulous journalist had been on the ground in Syria as well as sharing vids from other journalists who are there too. One of them got a tour of the makeshift US rent a rebel abandoned CW lab. It had SAUDI fingerprints all over it. Israhell also has CW 

An article I read on global Research said that the US rent a rebel are planning an attack on Damascus with massive CW, the white Helmets in place and ready to film those murdered to send to MSM to show the snowflakes just what a baddy Assad is and that RUSSIA is to blame.

Russia and US warships lined up in position in mediterranean sea .Russia will respond if JUSA rent a rebel follow through. .

Rent a rebel cost JUSA $100,000 a year each. 

Israhell is not happy with Russia helping Assad. Craig Murray implied Israhell MOSSAD could be responsible for Skripal attack. It has the means and the motive... . 

Nikki War Witch Haley says we don't care if Russia gets hit and is in the way. I hate that rabid bitch. 

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veritas semper… CatInTheHat Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:58 Permalink

US is directly responsible for this attack on civilians. Those are its "moderate terrorists " for whom we may even  go to war with Russia , armed to the teeth by US ,including with Man pads ,chemical weapons , guided missiles.

Can we officially condemn US for arming/supporting terrorists , you zionist bitch Nimrata Binomo Haley?

 The US's plan was to link AL Tanf in S Syria (where Russia said US is training terrorists) with E Ghouta and so threaten Damascus.

Russia found out and cut the zionists' plans short.

That 's why this hysteria with E Ghotta and this attack on civilians looks like revenge .

The attack on Russia looks the same.

  I want to ask the Donald ,as commander-in -chief ,does this qualify as war crimes?

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FBaggins E5 Wed, 03/21/2018 - 11:48 Permalink

All of our bankster, corrupt-establishment-ruled governments in Canada, the USA, Britain, Israel, Denmark, France, Australia, are still directly and indirectly involved backing the rebel TERRORISTS in Syria, and have been doing so ever since the Neocon ZioNazi "regime change" (i.e. destruction of Syria) campaign began. Our nations continue to supply, deploy and pay their mercenary dupes and we all have forces in Syria supporting them. Our nations are guilty of atrocious crimes in this totally unjustifiable exploitive war, and if their is any decency left in any of our nations we have to bring ALL the perpetrators to account, and do what we can to make amends for the wrongs our nations have done. If you do not agree then you are part of the problem. If you do then we will have to do more to stop this senseless slaughter.     

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HowdyDoody FBaggins Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:32 Permalink

Just in case it isn't clear who controls who in the ME, US Third Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark spelled it out:

“As far as decision-making, it is a partnership,” he continued, stressing nonetheless that “at the end of the day it is about the protection of Israel – and if there is a question in regards to how we will operate, the last vote will probably go to Zvika [Brig.-Gen. Zvika Haimovitch, head of the IDF’s Aerial Defense Division].”

Washington and Israel have signed an agreement which would see the US come to assist Israel with missile defense in times of war and, according to [Israeli commander] Haimovitch, “I am sure once the order comes we will find here US troops on the ground to be part of our deployment team to defend the State of Israel.”

And those US troops who would be deployed to Israel, are prepared to die for the Jewish state, Clark said. “We are ready to commit to the defense of Israel anytime we get involved in a kinetic fight there is always the risk that there will be casualties. But we accept that – as every conflict we train for and enter, there is always that possibility,” he said.

Good goy, roll over and die for Israel.

 

 

 

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CatInTheHat Richard640 Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:05 Permalink

Israhell was built on deceit and lies by the Zionist psychopaths. The chosenites use white phosphorus on an indigenous population. 

Israhell IDF assassinates children in cold blood. Gaza is Israhell open air prison which is now a humanitarian crisis 

The Kazhars are not Hebrew Jews. They are not the seed of Abraham, they are nomads from Russia, descendants of Genghis Khan. The Hebrew Jews are dead. If there is any true Jews they are in Palestine ie the Gaza strip. 

Hasbara doesn't work here. 

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not dead yet STP Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:51 Permalink

Awhile back the US relocated a displaced by the war Syrian family to Las Vegas. When interviewed by the locals they called Syria heaven on earth. If Assad was a tyrant and butcher as he is portrayed in US media they would be calling it hell on earth which the US and it's buddies have turned it into. There are petititons by Syrian expats in the US urging the US to knock off it's crap in Syria and help Assad win the war.

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