Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Airstrikes kill at least 55 civilians outside Syrian capital

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Andrew Cummings | 09 February, 2018, 04:58

Both areas were meant to be two of several "de-escalation zones" agreed upon a year ago by Russia, Iran - both government allies - and Turkey - a backer of the armed opposition.

In a statement from the State Department, Washington threw its weight behind a United Nations call for a new ceasefire in Ghouta and demanded that Russian Federation rein in its ally, Bashar Al-Assad. Since 25 August a year ago the Rohingya have endured widespread and systematic attacks by government security forces, including mass killings, rape, torture, and forced displacement.

"What is happening in eastern Ghouta is not simply a humanitarian crisis because aid is denied, these sieges involve the global crimes of indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate starvation of the civilian population", stated Mr. Pinheiro. "There is nowhere left to hide", Ahmed said.

On Monday, 30 civilians were killed in air raids; on the following day, 80 more were killed, and on Wednesday, another 26 were killed.

A monitor said ammunition depots in Jamraya were hit.

The Observatory said at least 53 of the victims were children.

"As we were pulling out the children and the dead from under the rubble, they targeted us with five rockets - directly targeting us", said Hafi, 24.

In Damascus, shelling of the old city quarter by rebel factions in eastern Ghouta killed two civilians and damaged houses and properties.

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An estimated 400,000 people are trapped in the Eastern Ghouta and face severe shortages of food, fuel and medical supplies.

Blocked access to aid in three major urban areas, growing displacement and more than 13 million people in need are adding to the humanitarian crisis, according to the UN.

The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group said Wednesday it had carried out defensive strikes in the eastern Deir Ezzor region against Syrian pro-regime forces.

But the scale and ferocity of attacks in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta have "increased dramatically" over the last 48 hours, "resulting in multiple reports of civilian casualties & airstrikes that have reportedly hit at least three hospitals", Pinheiro, the chair of the UN's commission of inquiry on Syria, said Tuesday.

They also stated that they will continue their war against terrorist groups until their elimination and 'restoration of security and stability throughout the Syrian territory'. The Russian Defense Ministry said he engaged in a gun battle with the militants and then blew himself up with a hand grenade when they came close.

The U.S. on Thursday backed up the United Nations' call for a month-long ceasefire in Syria and urged Russian Federation to use its sway with Damascus to ensure aid workers access to hard-hit rebel enclaves.

More than 350 people - including 86 children and 68 women - have been killed in bombardments in Eastern Ghouta alone since December 29, SOHR says.

"Russia must use its influence with Damascus to ensure the Syrian regime immediately allows the United Nations to provide vital assistance to this extremely vulnerable population", she added.

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