– New raids on Syria rebel enclave kill 45 civilians: monitor

February 20, 2018

A Syrian kid waits to receive medical treatment at the field hospital after Assad Regime's airstrikes and ground attacks to the Kafr Batna town

A Syrian kid waits to receive medical treatment at the field hospital after Assad Regime’s airstrikes and ground attacks to the Kafr Batna town

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In a statement, it also accused regime ally Russia of seeking to “bury the political process” for a solution to the conflict.

Residents of Hammuriyeh could be seen rushing indoors in panic as soon as they heard the sound of jets. 

Alaa al-Din, a 23-year-old Syrian in Hammuriyeh, said civilians were afraid of a potential government offensive.

“Ghouta’s fate is unknown. We’ve got nothing but God’s mercy and hiding out in our basements,” he told AFP. “There’s no alternative.”

A Syrian boy receives a wounded kid at the field hospital after Assad Regime's airstrikes

A Syrian boy receives medical attention at a field hospital after the Assad Regime’s airstrikes

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Wailing children 

Shelling also hit the town of Douma, where an AFP correspondent saw five toddlers brought to a hospital, covered in dust and wailing uncontrollably. 

The hospital was full of distraught civilians: one father slapped his forehead after finding his two dead children, another erupted into tears as he discovered the body of his newborn on a purple sheet next to a pool of blood.


Eastern Ghouta is held by two main Islamist factions, while jihadists control small pockets including one directly adjacent to the capital. 

The Observatory and Syrian daily newspaper Al-Watan had said negotiations were under way for the evacuation of jihadists from Eastern Ghouta.

But escalating military pressure indicate that the regime would opt for a ground assault instead of talks, the monitor said.

Government troops carried out a relentless five-day bombing campaign earlier this month that killed around 250 civilians in the enclave and wounded hundreds. 

Around the same time, the monitor said, the regime began dispatching military reinforcements to Eastern Ghouta. 

After days of relative calm, the government sent more than 260 rockets crashing into Eastern Ghouta on Sunday.


The regime is keen to regain control of Eastern Ghouta to halt the deadly salvo of rockets and mortars that rebels fire on Damascus.

The United Nations said Monday that the targeting of civilians in Eastern Ghouta “must stop now”.

“It’s imperative to end this senseless human suffering,” Panos Moumtzis, the UN’s Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis said in a statement. 

About half a dozen rockets hit the capital Sunday night, AFP correspondents said. State news agency SANA reported that one person was killed. 

More than 20 civilians have been killed by rebel fire this month alone in regime-held Damascus.

Regime to enter Afrin? 

All was quiet in the capital on Monday but since rumours of an imminent assault on Eastern Ghouta started spreading, people living close to the rebel enclave started packing their bags. – All News First!

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