In a video purporting to show an Assad regime airstrike on a besieged Damascus suburb, a helicopter flies overhead and drops four barrel bombs that land yards away from the man and his camera.
The bombs are increasingly loud as they approach and then explode upon impact, sending four thick clouds of debris and dust into the air. “Allahu Akbar,” a man says in the background.
The video was published on YouTube Sunday by Darya Revolution and on the Facebook page of Darraya Media Center. A description labeled “#Urgent” that accompanied the Facebook post said the helicopters dropped 12 barrel bombs in Darraya in conjunction with mortar shelling of nearby Mezze.
Darraya has been a rebel hotspot since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, located less than 10 miles from the center of Damascus. The city has changed hands several times, and is currently under siege by the Assad regime.
The Syrian military is known for using the notoriously imprecise barrel bombs in devastating attacks often resulting in civilian deaths.
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