Syria: Eastern Ghouta ‘drowning in blood’ as assault kills 200 in four days

SYRIA: Residents of Eastern Ghouta enclave have suffered a further day of bombardments by the government of Bashar al Asad, that has killed 200 people so far.
The bombardment continues despite international pleas for a countrywide ceasefire to alleviate ‘extreme’ suffering in Syria, where the violence has been revived after peace talks failed earlier this month.



A doctor in Arbeen said, “Ghouta is drowning in blood,” one of the towns in the region in which 100 people were injured and at least 14 lost their lives, including a rescue worker and several children.
“There is no safe place in Ghouta.” “You can describe it with this saying we have: “On top of death, the graves are too small, ”said Raed Srewel, a journalist based in Douma.



The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in  Eastern Ghouta alone 59 civilians, including 15 children, have been killed on Thursday.
United Nations commission of inquiry, condemned the increase of violence in Idlib and Ghouta, saying they “make a mockery” of the de-escalation agreement.



“What is happening in eastern Ghouta is not simply a humanitarian crisis because aid is denied. These sieges involve the international crimes of indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate starvation of the civilian population,” said Paulo Pinheiro, the chair of the commission.
Earlier this month, Russia and the United States clashed at United Nations Security Council over the allegations that the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad has once again used the chemical in attacks in Syria that have left many wounded, including children.



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