Eastern Ghouta: About 300 Killed in Three Days of Bombardment

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More than 350 civilians have been killed in the five-day-old blitz by the Syrian regime led by President Bashar al-Assad in the rebel-held enclave near Damascus.

At least 98 people, including 20 children, died Monday in the opposition-held area of eastern Ghouta, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.

Over 400 civilians have been killed and 2,000 injured in ongoing military operations in eastern Ghouta, chiefly in air attacks by regime forces since February 4, when the attacks escalated, according to the UN.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to try again on Friday to approve a draft resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. Russian Federation has rejected allegations it was responsible for the mounting civilian casualties in eastern Ghouta. The targeted destruction of medical facilities in Eastern Ghouta and the continued use of siege tactics, which starve Syrian civilians and prevent humanitarian access, are especially troubling.

Last year, the enclave was designated as one of four de-escalation zones in a deal with President Bashar al-Assad's supporters Russian Federation and Iran, along with Turkey.

Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF) has said that at least 13 hospitals and clinics in Syria's Eastern Ghouta that are regularly or ad-hoc supported by organization have been hit, damaged or destroyed over the past three days. He has repeated Russia's long-standing suspicion of US and European diplomatic efforts to influence how Syria will be governed after the violence ends.

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Now, Syrian regime forces are accelerating their offensive against the suburb, one of the last rebel-controlled areas in the country.

"A critical humanitarian and socio-economic situation is developing in eastern Ghouta", the statement said.

"This is a war against civilians", said Siraj Mahmoud.

It was not immediately clear what changes were made to the text.

Its residents are "living in hell on earth", Guterres said during his address to a Security Council briefing on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter in the maintenance of worldwide peace and security.

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