Syrian government troops cut major roads in rebel-held Damascus suburbs
Mar 11 2018
Rebel-held eastern Ghouta is very close to Syria's capital and has been the subject of a Government siege since the country's civil war began in 2012.
Eastern Ghouta has been under the control of terrorists since 2012, with some 10,000-12,000 militants controlling the district, according to Syrian Army's estimates.
Thirteen trucks loaded with 2,400 food parcels, meanwhile, crossed into Eastern Ghouta, the International Committee of the Red Cross said, entering what United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has called "hell on earth".
Government troops and allied militia have recaptured half of the besieged region in a blistering assault launched on February 18 that has prompted a global outcry.
Almost 950 civilians have been killed since Russia-backed government forces launched a blistering assault on the last opposition bastion near Damascus on February 18.
"It was a miracle that we made it here", he said, speaking of the heavy air strikes.
Doctors Without Borders said Friday that between February 18 and March 3 at least 1,005 people were killed and 4,829 wounded - or 71 killed and 344 wounded on average per day.
A suburb of Damascus, eastern Ghouta - home to roughly 400,000 people - has remained the target of a crippling regime siege for the last five years.
An aid convoy managed to deliver food to hunger-stricken Eastern Ghouta on Friday despite renewed bombardment by Syrian regime forces who have seized more than half of the besieged rebel enclave.
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said talks were underway between government representatives and local figures to organise the evacuation of civilians or fighters from parts of the enclave.
The cease-fire endorsed more than a week ago by the United Nations Security Council - but not yet implemented - does not cover H.T.S., a coalition of rebel forces led by the Nusra Front, a group that was formed as Al Qaeda's Syria affiliate and is listed internationally as a terrorist group.
Medical charities operating in eastern Ghouta have reported several incidents in recent weeks of what they say was chlorine gas use in government bombardments, causing choking symptoms.
Residents fleeing the government's advance in other towns had sought refuge in Douma.
The Syrian government's two-week onslaught in eastern Ghouta has killed around 950 civilians, the war monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
That has in effect cut the large towns of Harasta and Douma off from each other and the rest of the enclave, it added. "Warplanes haven't left the skies for 24 hours", opposition activist Anas al-Dimashqi told The Associated Press via text messages from the rebel-held town of Kfar Batna.
A negotiator from Hammuriyeh said a "civilian delegation" wanted to hold talks with the government to end the fighting in the area.