Nearly 100 people were killed in airstrikes conducted by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in eastern Ghouta on Monday, according to a Syrian human rights organization. Among the fatalities were at least 20 children. Meanwhile, Turkey’s offensive in northwestern Syria continues.

Syria's Douma after an airstrike (archive)

Syria’s Douma after an airstrike (archive) Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

At least 98 people were killed on Monday in deadly airstrikes carried out by Syrian regime forces on the rebel-held suburbs in eastern Ghouta, according to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Among those reportedly killed were at least 20 children.

The airstrikes also injured about 470 people, some critically, in the area. According to SOHR, the death toll is expected to rise.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria continues. SOHR reported that airstrikes hit several villages in Afrin on Monday. No information about casualties was provided. As previously reported by JOL, Kurdish officials have claimed that a deal has been reached with Syrian government forces to work together in combating Turkey in Afrin.

In response, Turkey warned it would confront any Syrian government forces that enter Syria’s northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia. “If the regime is entering there to cleanse the PKK and PYD, then there are no problems,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by Reuters.