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'Syrian flesh for sale' screams resident after market bombing in Syria kills 53

The market in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, was hit by air strikes on Friday night, with the death toll rising to 53 on Saturday
A man purportedly on the scene holds a tray full of charred remains (Twitter / @Ammargota1)

The death toll from a Syrian government assault on a suburb of Damascus rose to 53 on Saturday morning.

Syrian government fighter jets hit a popular market in the Kafr Batna district of Eastern Ghouta, some 15 kilometres east of central Damascus, on Friday evening.

Local activists told the Turkish Anadolu Agency on Saturday that the death toll had risen to 53.

Eight of the bodies were completely burned and remained unidentified the day after the attack, activists from the local co-ordination committee said.

A video purportedly from the scene showed a man holding a metal screen filled with charred remains, shouting “Syrian flesh for sale”.

“We are not military people – we’re not from Jaish al-Islam and not from al-Nusra Front, or any other group. We are civilians,” the man is heard saying. 

Eastern Ghouta was one of the first areas to fall into the hands of the armed opposition and faces frequent bombardment by government forces.

Thousands of civilians are trapped by a government siege on the area that has been in place since 2013.

A recent report by Amnesty International accuses the government of ignoring UN Security Council demands to allow aid to be delivered to civilians there, leaving many without access to sufficient food, medicine or electrical power.

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