Syrian and Russian airstrikes kill at least 55 near Damascus, UN calls for humanitarian ceasefire

A distressed man holding an injured baby runs through the dust.

Syrian and Russian airstrikes on a besieged rebel-held area near Damascus have killed at least 55 people, one day after 30 people were reported killed in similar attacks.

Syrian government and allied Russian forces have been pounding the eastern Ghouta suburbs of the capital for two days.

First responders known as the White Helmets say 55 people were killed on Tuesday, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 70.

Russia has waged a punishing aerial campaign against Syria’s armed opposition since intervening in the civil war on the side of its ally, President Bashar Assad, in 2015.

Eastern Ghouta, home to about 400,000 people, is also reeling under a government siege that has prevented aid from getting in.

via Syrian and Russian airstrikes kill at least 55 near Damascus, UN calls for humanitarian ceasefire – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)