Three Syrian children killed in Damascus workshop explosion

Three Syrian children killed in Damascus workshop explosion
2 min read
05 July, 2019
Three children working in regime workshops were killed after a mine exploded.
Fighting between regime forces and rebels destroyed the neighbourhood of Jobar, in Eastern Ghouta [AFP/Getty]
Three children were killed, and one worker injured, by an explosion in a workshop affiliated with the Syrian regime in east Damascus.

Local sources told The New Arab that three children, including two brothers, were killed on Thursday evening by a landmine explosion while working in a workshop in the neighborhood of Jobar.  A fourth child was injured.

The workshop, which is under the supervision of the Syrian regime, is working on removing buildings and bulldozing areas in the former opposition area, which was heavily bombed during regime bombing.

According to the sources, the explosion occurred as a result of a mine - a remnant of the fighting between the regime and the opposition that almost completely destroyed Jobar.

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Since the regime's takeover, it has been destroying buildings and sweeping large areas in a bid to rebuild the deserted neighbourhood.

The Syrian regime, supported by Iran and Russia, took over the opposition stronghold of Jobar in April 2018.

Meanwhile, regime airstrikes continue to hit the opposition bastion in northwest Syria. Four civilians, two of them children, were killed and three hospitals were struck again after having been damaged in previous raids.

At the end of June, nearly 100 pro and anti-regime fighters were killed in northern Syria in just one day of fighting.

Syria's war, which started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government demonstrations, has killed around half-a-million people and displaced millions

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