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France condemns Assad regime attacks on Eastern Ghouta

10 March 2018

Fore, UNICEF's executive director, says there is a high level of severe malnutrition for kids under 5 in besieged rebel-held eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus.

Friday's mission followed what opposition activists said was one of the quietest nights in Eastern Ghouta since Syrian government forces launched an offensive on the area on February 18.

"Recent attempts to justify indiscriminate, brutal attacks on hundreds of thousands of civilians by the need to combat a few hundred fighters - as in Eastern Ghouta - are legally, and morally, unsustainable", al-Hussein told the UN Human Rights Council.

Regime forces were on Thursday battering the rebel enclave with air strikes that killed dozens, in defiance of United Nations calls for a halt to violence.

A Syrian soldier flashes the victory sign in a liberated area in the capital Damascus Eastern Ghouta countryside
A Syrian soldier flashes the victory sign in a liberated area in the capital Damascus Eastern Ghouta countryside

According to an AFP correspondent in the enclave's main town Douma, the landscape is devastated.

Guterres is also reported to have "exhorted" all involved parties "to put in application, without further ado, UN Security Council resolution 2401", in order to stop further escalation of the already horrifying humanitarian crisis.

Defeat in eastern Ghouta would mark the worst setback for rebels since the opposition was driven from eastern Aleppo in late 2016 after a similar campaign of siege, bombing and ground assaults.

Eastern Ghouta has been besieged since 2013, making food, medicine, and other daily goods exceedingly hard to access.

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Speaking during a joint news conference with his Austrian counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Vienna on Thursday that Turkey wants the operation to end as fast as possible so that Afrin can "quickly embrace stability and civilians can return".

Syria's regime sent reinforcements to Eastern Ghouta yesterday, tightening the noose around the shrinking rebel enclave ahead of a top-level U.N. meeting on the escalating violence.The blistering onslaught has prompted outrage against the regime, with the United Nations' human rights chief saying the government was orchestrating an "apocalypse" in Syria.

State television reported on Friday morning that the army had control over the village of Beit Sawa, where rebel officials on Thursday said insurgents had recaptured some positions.

An aid convoy entered Douma on Monday but it was stripped of some of its medical supplies by the government and unable to completely unload as fighting raged on.

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"Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels took full control of Jandairis. after heavy and sustained bombardment by the Turkish aviation", it said.

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France condemns Assad regime attacks on Eastern Ghouta