Air Strikes Kill 31, Including Children, in Syria

Air Strikes Kill 31, Including Children, in Syria

Air Strikes Kill 31, Including Children, in Syria

All too familiar scenes of chaos engulfed towns scattered across the semi-rural rebel-held area of Ghouta which lies just east of Damascus.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is, with the support of Iranian-backed militias and the Russian air force, pursuing military offensives against insurgents in his opponents' last major strongholds in the west of the country.

SANA labeled it an "aggression" and a "new massacre". "However, this desire [of the U.S.] will not be fulfilled". Heavy strikes killed dozens of civilians.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group in the United Kingdom with activists across Syria, said more than 48 people were confirmed dead by early afternoon on Tuesday.

"Now the rescue workers are searching for my second daughter but can't find her".

Two children and a woman were killed in the town of Saqba, the war monitor said.

The deadliest raids hit Beit Sawa and Hammuriyeh, the Observatory said.

A man kisses the body of his child ahead of his funeral in Zamalka near Damascus on February 5, 2018 following airstrike.

" If you say 'I send these to fight against Daesh [Arabic acronym for Islamic State],' it is not possible that we believe this, we do not buy this". Though he appears to have survived the insurgency, his forces continue to bomb and besiege opposition pockets across Syria, including in eastern Ghouta and Idlib.

"Please break up all gatherings and clear the streets", blared an announcement from mosque minarets in Douma.

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The UN said it was looking into the reports of chemical attacks and condemned what it described as an escalation in violence in Ghouta and Idlib.

In a statement, Paulo Pinheiro said the spiraling violence had made "a mockery of the so-called "de-escalation zones" - an agreement reached past year among Russia, Iran and Turkey to stabilize the lines of conflict and open corridors for humanitarian aid. The use of chemical weapons by all parties in Syria must unequivocally stop.

Regime attacks on Ghouta involving suspected chlorine-filled munitions have also risen in recent weeks.

"We implore the worldwide community to speak with one voice, taking every opportunity to publicly pressure the Assad regime, and its supporters, to cease its use of chemical weapons and hold those responsible accountable for these brutal attacks", the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

The watchdog has been tasked with establishing "the facts surrounding allegations of the use of toxic chemicals", noting "grave concern" over at least two reports of chlorine being used by the regime this week. The government has also denied using chemical weapons in its attacks.

Turkish troops crossed the country's southern border into Syrian territory late last month, targeting the the majority Kurdish city of Afrin in northeast Syria. "Our air defense systems blocked them and destroyed majority". The target was supposedly a research facility west of Damascus.

"The phone call focused on the Syrian regions of Afrin and Idlib". About 100 of the attackers were killed, the official said.

On Tuesday, the United Nations called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria on a humanitarian basis for at least 30 days as more than 30 people have been reported to lose their lives from air strikes in the regions that are held by rebels in the northwest of the country and near the capital of Damascus.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Panos Moumtzis, had called for the ceasefire to allow aid convoys to reach civilians in Eastern Ghouta.

The organisation said the situation had reached "extreme" levels which "we haven't seen before".

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