At least 71 people were killed and 325 others wounded in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta after a series of airstrikes and artillery bombardments were carried out by the Syrian government, the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday.
Of the victims, 62 were civilians, including 9 children and 5 women. Nine militants have been killed, the group said during a 24-hour duration about the attacks near Damascus.
CNN has been unable to independently verify the claim.
For more than four years the Eastern Ghouta region has been surrounded by Syrian forces, with the siege intensifying last May when a large-scale offensive was launched by government forces.
It was intended to be one of the “de-escalation zones,” according to the May 2017 peace agreement signed between Russia, Turkey, and Iran.
According to the UN, about 400,000 Syrians have been killed since the war began in 2011. According to the UN Refugee Agency, as many as 5.4 million Syrians have left their country and 6.1 million are displaced from their homes but still within Syria. Filippo Grandi, the UNHCR high commissioner, calls the situation in Syria “the greatest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time.”