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Russian Federation denies responsibility for eastern Ghouta deaths

Russian Federation denies responsibility for eastern Ghouta deaths

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert criticised the "siege and starve tactics" of the Assad regime and said: "The cessation of violence must begin now". "This is the only thing I can say", - 22-year-old Abu Salah, whose wife is five months pregnant with their first child.

Ten people have been killed in Syria by government air strikes and shelling on a town in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian Civil Defence rescue organisation said. Since then, activists say more than 60 children have died and at least 1,400 people have been injured, and another hospital has been put out of service.

Both the Observatory and the White Helmets reported more airstrikes and shelling on Tuesday in eastern Ghouta as rebels pounded Damascus with mortar shells. "We are hiding in the corridor", a Damascus resident told The Associated Press, asking that her name not be mentioned for her own safety.

Mahmoud said that government forces bombed houses, schools and medical facilities, and that rescuers had found more than 100 people dead "in one day alone" on Monday. What are you saying to the Russians about this issue and what means of influence do you have in order to put an end to this massacre, given that there are nearly 400,000 people in extreme distress in Eastern Ghouta. But Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist alliance led by al-Qaeda's former affiliate in Syria, also operates there.

The Syrian military has not commented on the reports from the Eastern Ghouta but says it carried out "precision strikes" on areas from which the shells were launched.

The rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, just outside the capital city, has been under siege for more than five years as the Syrian regime, backed by allies Russian Federation and Iran, works to systematically crush the rebel forces hiding here.




"It's a complex situation and not just a one-way street", he said, according to remarks released by the Russian mission.

The bloodshed prompted the United Nations children's agency UNICEF to issue a largely blank statement saying "we no longer have the words to describe children's suffering".

REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh TEMPLATE OUT An injured man covered with blood is seen at a medical point in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 20, 2018. "In some areas of Ghouta, entire families have no safe place to go", Ms. Gasser said. Dozens of mortars in Damascus cause civilian casualties and spread fear.

Eastern Ghouta is among the de-escalation zones established on May 4, 2017, by three state guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire (Russia, Iran and Turkey.) On Tuesday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Russia, Iran and Turkey to ensure the ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. "Such targeting of innocent civilians and infrastructure must stop now", he said.

The Turks have crossed the border to push back the Kurds in northern Syria.

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is determined to press ahead with a separate offensive to clear a Syrian enclave of Kurdish fighters despite an attempt by Syrian pro-government forces to enter the region.

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