Dozens killed in so called elephant rockets in Damascus 


June 17, Damascus: At least 27 people have been killed in so called elephant rockets attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma, Syria, according to activists.

The Syrian regime has used so called elephant rockets, which named after the distinctive noise they make when they are launched, are improvised weapons made by attaching rocket motors to much larger bombs. This greatly increases their destructive effect, while accuracy is lost and range limited.

In video posted online of Tuesday’s attack, residents were seen scrambling to rescue a brother and sister trapped after a building was destroyed. There were shouts of joy as the girl was pulled alive from the rubble while her brother could still be heard calling for help.

More than 60 people, including many children, were injured in the bombardment, activists said.

The rebel stronghold of Douma has been under attack by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad for the last three years.

Elephant rockets are part of an improvised arsenal used by government forces, who have already been condemned for usingbarrel bombs and chemical weapons on civilians.

The Oslo Times

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