CAIRO – At least six civilians, including two children, were killed on Tuesday in a mortar attack allegedly carried out by Syrian government forces in an area included in the de-escalation zones deal to reduce violence, according to a British-based war monitor.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said during the attack on Hamuriya on the outskirts of Damascus, 11 other people were wounded, some seriously.
Hamuriya is located in the Eastern Ghouta region, which is one of the rebel-held areas included in the de-escalation zones agreement, brokered by peace process guarantors Russia, Turkey and Iran.
Prior to that attack, the SOHR reported that hostilities had decreased by 94 percent in the areas covered by the agreement in the first 10 days of its implementation.
These areas are Eastern Ghouta, the main opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, north of Homs province, Idlib region and neighboring areas of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo, as well as southern points in Daraa and al-Quneitra.
In addition, a woman was killed on Tuesday by an attack by unknown warplanes against the Houla region in northern Homs, according to the SOHR.
Military operations and shelling have continued at the usual pace in those parts of Syria left out of the agreement, which are the regions controlled by the Islamic State terror organization.
A new round of peace negotiations for Syria with the participation of the Syrian government and opposition delegations began on Tuesday in Geneva with the mediation of the United Nations special envoy to the Arab country, Staffan de Mistura.