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Syria Army Continues to Make Gains against Militants in Ghouta

Syrian forces attacking eastern Ghouta 'have surrounded rebels in Douma' Syria Army Continues to Make Gains against Militants in Ghouta
Lisa Bryan | 11 March, 2018, 01:35

Numerous rounds of UN-backed peace talks have failed to bring an end to the conflict, and a nationwide ceasefire called for by the UN Security Council last month has not been implemented.

"They want out - either the bombing to stop, or to get out".

"Medical material is extremely limited, medical infrastructure has been hit and medical staff are exhausted", it said, adding that hundreds of people have been wounded and need urgent assistance.

The food parcels were supposed to be delivered on Monday when another aid convoy entered Douma, but the fighting and bombardment then forced it to leave early without unloading all its supplies.

Since then they have reportedly taken control of half of the region, in an advance that is thought to have left more than 900 civilians dead.

On Thursday, a United Nations commission of inquiry released a report accusing the Assad regime of committing war crimes in eastern Ghouta, including the use of chemical weapons against civilians, causing mass starvation and preventing medical evacuations.

Two Islamist groups are the most prominent rebel factions in Ghouta, but militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) - once linked to Al-Qaeda's Syria branch - also have a presence.

The Syrian government has reportedly captured the central town of Misraba, and advanced onwards into surrounding farmland.


Enough destruction and death!

An AFP correspondent at the checkpoint said green and white trucks and ambulances were parked waiting to pick up passengers.

"It is very inhuman to do", he said, referring to the governments strategy to keep humanitarian aid from reaching trapped civilians.

The military has been accused of targeting civilians, but it says it is trying to liberate the region - one of the last rebel strongholds - from those it terms terrorists. Hassan has sent us video footage of the beleagured town.

In rebel fire on Friday, a woman and a child were killed by a mortar round that hit the Damascus suburb of Jaramana, SANA said.

Since February 18, the Syrian government has used aircraft and artillery to heavily bomb Eastern Ghouta, killing a thousand people, according to the SOHR.

Turkey-led rebels have been pressing an assault on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin since January 20.

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