The video below contains disturbing footage from the scene of a bombing. Viewer discretion is advised:
At least six children were reportedly killed when the Syrian government shelled a nursery in a rebel-held suburb of Harasta, Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus, Syria.
Images coming out of Syria are heart-wrenching:
A toy vehicle lies next to blood stains on the ground of a kindergarten classroom after an air strike in the rebel-held besieged city of Harasta, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria.
An injured girl rests in a field hospital, after an air strike on a school in the rebel-held besieged city of Harasta, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria.
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Meanwhile in Harasta, Assad have attacked a nursery
4 kids killed
NO valid reason for this attack!
Amazingly, when asked during a recent interview if he slept at night with all the children being killed every day in Aleppo and elsewhere, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad allegedly replied, “I know the meaning of that question. I sleep regular, I sleep and work and eat normal and do sports.”
When asked how he feels about all the killing, he replied: “It’s the fault of terrorists and we are talking about war, not charity. In war you always have innocents hurt or killed. What do you do? You do your best. Terrorists are still in Aleppo and use civilians as human shields. We can’t just stand still and say: ‘Don’t destroy the city.’ More important than the city are the people, so we have to do the best for them.”
“We never used it,” Assad said. “Chemical weapons is mass destruction and would have killed thousands in a few minutes or an hour. We never had such an incident.”
Assad claims fighters in eastern Aleppo are doctoring photos using the same children in different scenarios. And he denounces the White Helmets, whose brave work rescuing victims led to a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“These ‘angels’ wearing these white helmets are the same people celebrating over the dead bodies of Syrian soldiers,” Assad said. “They are militants who are suddenly changing their packaging.”
The Syrian president also amazingly claims Omran Daqneesh’s photo was doctored. The little boy was pulled from the rubble of his home by the White Helmets. The doctor who treated the little boy said the child was dazed and was not crying despite his bleeding head.
Harasta is in the rebel stronghold and regularly targeted by government air strikes and shelling.
According to Syrian Network for Human Rights, an estimated 65,000 people have disappeared at the hands of the government. In addition to the abductions, nearly 400,000 have been killed and 2 million have been injured. An estimated 72,000 Syrian children also lost their lives.
Assad has reiterated his plan to take back the whole country under his rule again — even if it means annihilating his own people in the attempt.
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