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Aid group warns of crisis in battered Syria rebel enclave

10 February 2018

At least 136 civilians have been killed in the last 48 hours as government forces from Russian Federation and Syria conducted an intensified bombardment of Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital Damascus. In the Idlib province that is now held by rebels, six others were killed by air strikes.

"It is intense bombardment". At least two million people live in Idlib, the largest area controlled by the opposition. "Some of them very seriously and they can't be treated here".

The Syria Civil Defence, whose first responders are widely known as the White Helmets, posted videos online showing the reaction of one its volunteers to discovering the body of his mother in the rubble of a collapsed building.

But after a sarin attack the following year, which killed almost 1,500 civilians in the Damascus suburbs according to U.S. intelligence, Obama opted out of military reprisals and instead secured an agreement along with Russian Federation to dismantle the Syrian chemical arsenal.

UNICEF said dozens of children have reportedly been killed this week and that life under such heavy violence had turned into a "living nightmare" for children.

Following the Afrin operation, Turkey plans to clear Manbij and some other areas from PYD/PKK terrorists.

The deal was meant to result in an end to the violence and provide safety to civilians.

Home to roughly 400,000 residents, Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling regime siege for the last five years. United Nations war crimes experts have also said they are investigating several reports of bombs allegedly containing chlorine gas being used against civilians. It was the only medical centre in this town and it served 15,000 people.

The U.S. -backed forces control areas east of the Euphrates River and most of the oil and gas fields, while government forces are based in the west.

The Syrian army said it had destroyed most of the Israeli missiles fired at its position, but did not provide further details or damage assessments.

President Bashar al-Assad's forces have gained ground in the southern edges of Idlib in recent weeks.

A follow-up statement released on the same day said two more Turkish soldiers were killed, and four were wounded in the military operations.

The US-led coalition said its action in eastern Syria was in "self-defense", citing a major attack on its allied forces and US advisers in Deir el-Zour province.

"Ghouta is drowning in blood", said a doctor in Arbeen, one of the towns in the region in which 100 people were wounded and at least 14 killed, including a rescue worker and several children.

Aid group warns of crisis in battered Syria rebel enclave