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United Nations 'deeply alarmed' by situation in Eastern Ghouta

United Nations 'deeply alarmed' by situation in Eastern Ghouta

At least 250 civilians have been killed by shelling and regime airstrikes in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region in the last 48 hours, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Tuesday. But this is the worst it's gotten there since a 2013 attack that killed about 1,400 people, according to activists.

The deadly Syrian quagmire remains mired in hypocrisy, disinformation, political duplicity and blood, with the unfolding massacre in Ghouta in recent days claiming around 100 lives, half of them children.

Medical supplies were already in short after the years-long siege of the area that began in 2012.

More than 1,200 people have been injured.

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Residents of eastern Ghouta "are living under extreme conditions, including malnutrition", he said.

With the Islamic State (IS) losing key territories in Iraq and Syria past year, Russian-backed Syrian forces are making a major push to overrun the country's remaining rebel strongholds. SANA added that the Syrian army responded to the attacks with "precise strikes", destroying rocket launchers and fortified positions used by the armed groups. Several medical facilities in Eastern Ghouta were reported to have been struck on Monday, the CNN report said.

Eastern Ghouta falls within a network of de-escalation zones endorsed by Turkey, Russia and Iran in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited. Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011.

The European Union calls on all parties to the conflict, as well as the guarantors of the four De-Escalation Areas, to take all necessary measures to ensure the decrease of violence, the protection of the Syrian people by respecting International Humanitarian Law, and urgent humanitarian access.


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