More Civilians Killed in Eastern Ghouta

Mar 05, 2018, 00:32
More Civilians Killed in Eastern Ghouta

On Saturday, 18 civilians, including three children, were killed in bombardment of Eastern Ghouta, according to the Observatory.

The convoy of some 40 trucks had been due to go to Douma in the regime-besieged enclave near Damascus, where some 400,000 people need food, medical and other supplies, the United Nations says.

The U.N. said 15,000 people have reportedly been driven from their homes in January, the majority staying in shelters and basements around Ghouta.

Russian Federation called for daily, five-hour ceasefires to deliver aid and evacuate civilians in eastern Ghouta. But while the air campaign has eased, fighting has intensified on the ground. "There is no contradiction between a truce and combat operations".

Syria's Central Military Media says regime forces captured at least six villages and towns along the edge of eastern Ghouta.

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Almost 600 people have been killed and more than 2,000 injured since the assault began three weeks ago, said the UN.

Three people were also killed when Assad regime forces attack a residential area between Misraba and Duma districts with rocket and mortar shells.

Fighting has rocked the beseiged enclave since Sunday morning as rebels battled to retake territory seized in a devastating government assault on the last major opposition held area near Damascus.

Members of the Syrian Civil Defense group and civilians gathered to help survivors from a street attacked by airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria.

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Orient TV said advances by forces loyal to the Assad regime had triggered wide scale displacement.

According to observers, in recent weeks in Damascus is located near the enclave of Eastern ghouta killed at least 500 civilians.

The Observatory said some 2,000 civilians had fled regime shelling and clashes in eastern areas to western parts of the enclave. "There's destruction everywhere", said 35-year-old Abu Khalil, carrying a little girl in his arms wounded on the cheek.

Syria's military claimed about 25 percent of the Damascus suburb, monitors for the United Kingdom -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The violence comes on top of critical shortages of food and medicines and a catastrophic collapse of medical care amid the targeting of hospitals and first responders.

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