Damascus: A new wave of deadly Syrian government assault in the opposition-held eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus on Thursday killed 13 people as world leaders and aid groups called for an end to the bloodshed that has massacred hundreds of people in recent days.
The airstrikes on rebel towns in the area known as eastern Ghouta were reported by several local activist groups and a UK-based war monitor. The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, that works in opposition-held areas said its doctors rushed to several areas after the shelling.
Syrian government forces backed by Russia, have been attacking the area for days, hitting residential buildings, hospitals and infrastructure and overwhelming medics and rescue workers.
The bombardment has forced nearly 400,000 residents to sleep in basements and temporary shelters and has overwhelmed rescue workers who have spent days digging out survivors from the ruins of destroyed buildings.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an urgent suspension of “all war activities” in the area where he said people are living “in hell on earth.”