Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Syria war death toll rises; Hospitals bombed in eastern Ghouta

Syria war death toll rises; Hospitals bombed in eastern Ghouta

Negotiations meanwhile were continuing at the Security Council on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire to allow for urgent deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations.

On Tuesday night, Guterres in a written message expressed concern about a sharp deterioration in Eastern Ghouta where, according to coming reports, more than 100 people had died in air strikes and shelling.

A doctor working in Eastern Ghouta says the situation is "catastrophic", claiming that the worldwide community has abandoned the people living there.

"The recent escalation of violence compounds an already precarious humanitarian situation for the 393,000 residents of East Ghouta, many of them internally displaced, and which account for 94 percent of all Syrians living under besiegement today", Moumtzis said.

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State media reported that rebels have been firing mortars on districts of Damascus near eastern Ghouta, killing at least six people on Tuesday and wounding two people on Wednesday.

REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh TEMPLATE OUT An injured man covered with blood is seen at a medical point in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 20, 2018. "The Assad regime's siege and starve tactics are. adding to the humanitarian disaster there", she alleged, urging Russian Federation to stop supporting the Syrian government. Moreover, they say the civilians who remain in the enclave are being used as human shields by the rebels, The New York Times reports.

It is the worst violence in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus.

The Prime Minister replied: "We will talk to our United Nations colleagues to ensure that the best possible approach can be taken in relation to these issues, but it is not just about the Syrian Government; it is about the backers of the Syrian Government as well".

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A video posted to Twitter by a Syrian child, Noor, from Eastern Ghouta, has been viewed almost 100,000 times as she calls on "everyone who can hear me - we are in danger, please help us before it's too late".

The two main rebel factions in eastern Ghouta, which signed the deals with Russian Federation last summer, accuse Damascus and Moscow of using the jihadist presence as a pretext for attacks. "It takes great cowardice to attack schools, hospitals and civilians", he said.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the convoy of up to 50 vehicles had retreated east of Aleppo, adding: "It appears that their aim was a little bit of a show and a little bit of propaganda".

Ghouta, a suburb is one of the last rebel-controlled areas of Syria.

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Hours before the Arbin hospital was bombed, a doctor there spoke of the casualties they had been treating.

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