Syria: 77 Civilians Killed In Regime Bombardment

Syria: 77 Civilians Killed In Regime Bombardment

She was among 54 civilians killed Monday in the latest wave of Syrian regime air strikes on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave, of which Douma is the main town, said an Agence France-Presse report on Monday.

Local Civil Defense sources say that the most intense bombing during the day was on Saqba, Jisrin and Shayfuniye, in the besieged area in which the United Nations has said at least 200,000 civilians are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

An estimated 350,000-400,000 people live in Eastern Ghouta, including 1,000 in urgent need of medical treatment.

Isolated and besieged by government troops, Eastern Ghouta is of key interest to humanitarian organisations seeking to aid trapped civilians.

The SOHR and pro-government media are reporting negotiations between rebels and the Syrian government over the evacuation of al-Qaida-linked militants from the besieged rebel enclave as part of a last-ditch effort to spare the region a full-out attack, AFP said.

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Despite the agreement, almost 200 people were killed in Eastern Ghouta and in Idlib within a four-day period earlier this month.

Dr. Asem, a doctor in Ghouta said, "The situation is catastrophic, people have nowhere to turn".

Eastern Ghouta is meant to be one of the so-called "de-escalation zones" agreed to in a deal struck by Russia, Turkey and Iran past year.

The anticipated attack hasn't started, but the shelling and airstrikes are the preludes to the attack, amid heavy mortar attacks by the rebels against the residential areas in the capital.

The government shelling is a prelude to a wide-scale military offensive against various rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta, the last remaining threat to the capital Damascus.

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If a deal is struck for Eastern Ghouta, jihadists would likely be sent to the northwestern province of Idlib, which nearly completely escapes government control.

Bombs rained down on the enclave for the third day in a row and came as the Syrian government continued to impose a siege that deprived thousands of civilians of food and medical supplies. The sheer intensity of airstrikes is leveling the city, and killing civilians without any regard or mercy.

The targeted suburbs have been subjected to weeks-long bombardment that has killed and wounded hundreds of people.

It was followed by a blank page, before adding in the end: "Do those inflicting the suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?"

"What we have seen in Aleppo we're seeing again in Ghouta today".

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