Damascus [Syria], Feb 21 (ANI): At least 250 civilians have been killed by shelling and regime airstrikes in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region in the last 48 hours, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Tuesday.
According to the SOHR, the death toll also included 58 children and 42 women. Over 1,200 people were injured in the constant shelling and airstrikes, which rights activists and residents described as being under "constant bombardment."
The monitoring group added that the death toll was likely to increase and was the highest since the alleged chemical attack in the same region in 2013, which activists say it claimed around 1,400 lives, the CNN reported.
"These are the worst days of our lives in Ghouta. We in Ghouta have been getting hit by airstrikes for more than five years and this is not new to us, but we have never seen anything like this escalation," Eastern Ghouta hospital director and pediatrician Amani Ballour said.
Doctors were working round the clock to treat hundreds of injured people, even though medical supplies and facilities were in short supply.
SANA added that the Syrian army responded to the attacks with "precise strikes," destroying rocket launchers and fortified positions used by the armed groups.
Earlier, at least 77 people were killed and over 40 were injured in fresh regime attacks in Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, local civil defence forces said on Monday.
Since December last year, continued regime attacks have claimed more than 500 lives and injured over 2,000 people.
Eastern Ghouta, which houses around 400,000 residents, has remained under a crippling regime siege for the last five years, the Anadolu news agency reported.
In May last year, Russia, Iran and Turkey signed an agreement to set up de-escalation zones, in order to prevent airstrike-related incidents in some parts of Syria.