Syria war: Assault on besieged Eastern Ghouta kills 200 in four days

09 February, 2018, 04:57 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Israeli forces are seen near a border fence between the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights and Syria

Almost 200 people were wounded, and rescuers said many of those probably will not survive because of lack of medical supplies.

Meanwhile, Turkish operations against Syrian Kurdish forces and U.S. and Russian-backed operations against ISIL continue to compound human suffering in the country's north and east.

"Scenes of entire buildings, housing whole families crashing down with the residents - women, children and men - still inside have become a frequent image", Abu Salem al-Shami, a resident and activist, told Al Jazeera by phone from Eastern Ghouta, an area that has been under opposition control since 2013.

Mr Le Drian said worldwide law was "being violated by the Damascus regime, by Iran and those who are attacking eastern Ghouta and Idlib", calling on all Iranian-backed militia, including Lebanon's Hezbollah, to leave Syria. They said they had tracked at least 76 airstrikes on Tuesday and Wednesday alone in the region.

Eastern Ghouta was one of several so-called de-escalation zones agreed previous year by three of the main outside players in the conflict - Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation.

The deal was meant to result in an end to the violence and provide safety to civilians. "Eastern Ghouta is experiencing a Middle Ages-style siege".

Due to the siege, very little humanitarian aid has entered, making access to basic supplies such as food, highly restricted. Since 25 August past year the Rohingya have endured widespread and systematic attacks by government security forces, including mass killings, rape, torture, and forced displacement. "It was hit by the planes".

Schools and hospitals have been targeted in the attacks, demolishing much of the region's remaining infrastructure and discouraging people from seeking desperately needed medical care. The bombings coincided with ground fighting between pro-government forces and rebel fighters on the ground at the northwest edge of the enclave.

"There is no safe place in Ghouta", said Raed Srewel, a journalist based in Douma, another town in the area.

Urgent medical evacuations began to trickle out of the area in December, and Russian Federation agreed to a cease-fire in late January ― but regime airstrikes quickly doused fragile hopes of a lasting end to the violence.

Meanwhile, the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Thursday reported that it had struck pro-Assad forces following "an unprovoked attack", a rare instance of the USA attacking the regime, which is supported by Moscow.

"If we say and repeat that there are chemical attacks, we build an obligation to react, " he said, adding: "We are not far away from that".

In apparent retaliation, one person was killed in rebel mortar fire on the regime-controlled part of the town of Harasta, according to state news agency SANA.

The Ministry concluded by calling on the Security Council to condemn the Israeli attacks and to take firm and immediate measures to curb them, hold Israel accountable, and to ensure that it does not get away with its "crimes".



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