Syria Daily: Amid Russia’s Airstrikes, Another 118 People Killed on Wednesday

January 28 – 2016 – by Scott Lucas – eaworldview The opposition Local Coordination Committees documented another 118 deaths across Syria on Wednesday, as Russia bombed both opposition and Islamic State-held areas.

The LCC said 52 people were killed in Deir ez-Zor Province in eastern Syria, most of them in the villages of Mheimida and Hseinia. The Russians have been trying to assist Syrian forces in Deir ez-Zor city, surrounded and facing an Islamic State offensive that began on January 16.

Another 43 people died in Aleppo Province, most from Russian attacks.

Among the dead were 11 women and 10 children.

The LCC has recorded more than 100 deaths on each of three days since last Friday. More than 200 people have been slain in Deir ez-Zor Province alone.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a press conference that Russia had rejected a request by US Secretary of State John Kerry for a halt to bombing of opposition-held territory:

We proposed to the US to organize daily coordination but there is no answer. And then they say: “You’re bombing the wrong people.” I’m at a loss. This is not a serious, adult-like talk.

The Violations Documentation Center has given details of the deaths of more than 1,600 civilians since Russia began its bombing campaign on September 30.

Aftermath of Russian attacks on Kafrzita in Hama Province:

The latest Russian attacks come just before the start of “peace talks” promoted by Moscow, the UN, and the US, which are scheduled in Geneva on Friday. It is still uncertain whether the main opposition-rebel bloc will attend, is it is citing the failure to establish ceasefires, detainee releases, and access to humanitarian aid for besieged areas.Russian State outlet Sputnik News covered up Moscow’s attacks on Wednesday, attributing them to the Syrian air force and falsely labeling opposition-held areas as held by the Islamic State:

In the city of Aleppo, Syrian Air Force fighter jets destroyed positions held by Daesh militants in the neighborhoods of al-Rashedin, al-Lairamoun, Bustan al-Bacha, Bani Zaid, Karem al-Maysar and al-Sheikh Said, as well as a number of strategic areas in the eastern part of the province.