Syrian regime beefs up forces in Ghouta

Syrian regime beefs up forces in Ghouta

Syrian regime beefs up forces in Ghouta

Council members used today's meeting to demand that Russian Federation, the Syrian government, Iran, and other parties to the conflict allow humanitarian aid and medical evacuations to begin - immediately, safely, and without pause.

The spoksmen of U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Jens Laerke told a news briefing in Geneva today that yesterday 14 of 46 trucks were unable to fully unload due to shelling on the town of Douma. Numerous trucks were unable to fully unload their contents due to violence.

SANA news agency says troops are on the outskirts of Misraba, a rebel-held town in the heart of the enclave. "Food for civilians was in short supply or prohibitively expensive and high rates of acute malnutrition were observed", he said.

"The violence called into question future aid deliveries", the wire service notes.

The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria has announced Tuesday that the next humanitarian convoy to head to Eastern Ghouta is scheduled for Thursday, March 8.

The United Nations resident and humanitarian coordinator in Syria.

A man stands on the rubble of a damaged building at the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria March 5, 2018.

Iyad Abdelaziz, a member of the Douma Local Council, said nine aid trucks had to leave the area after government shelling and airstrikes intensified in the evening.

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Intense pro-government bombings struck a key town linking the northern and southern halves of East Ghouta on Tuesday, as a Damascus-led ground offensive threatens to divide the rebel enclave in two. The Observatory says such shelling has killed at least 27 people since February 18. Health officials in the besieged suburb had accused the Syrian government forces of using chlorine gas in their latest aerial bombardment campaign.

"The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation is pummeling the area with airstrikes and shelling attacks, as it makes a concerted effort to take back control of these towns and villages near Damascus", Ruth reports.

Calls for a cease-fire have failed utterly, civilian casualties continue to mount, and food and medical supplies are scarce as some 400,000 people are trapped in a war zone.

A United Nations convoy delivering the first aid since February to the town of Douma was forced to cut short its mission and left after almost nine hours amid shelling.

About a week ago, a Russia-backed ceasefire came into effect in Syria's Eastern Ghouta.

The aid shipments made this week were not sufficient for even 10 percent of the population and the government reportedly removed vital supplies, including medical goods.

Russian Federation has offered rebel fighters in Eastern Ghouta safe exit from the region if they agree to surrender their enclave to government forces, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has dismissed dire assessments of the humanitarian situation in the enclave as "ridiculous lies".

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