1K children killed in Syrian war this year

08 March, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Otis Hoffman
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Syrian anti-government forces are staunchly resisting Russia's demand that they give up eastern Ghouta in suburban Damascus.

The air strikes on a market in rebel-held Atareb in northern Syria last November 13 killed at least 84 people, including five children, and injured around 150 others, the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Syria said in its latest report.

The group said on Tuesday that ground units loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had taken control of more than 40 percent of the district.

"There are no negotiations about this subject", Hamza Birqdar told Reuters in a text message, referring to Russia's offer to provide rebels and their families safe passage out of besieged Eastern Ghouta.

While the region is technically covered by a 2017 de-escalation deal, the government says it is targeting al-Qaeda-linked factions in the area not covered by the agreement.

Pawel Krzysiek, head of communications at ICRC Syria, says the situation in the opposition-held Damascus suburb is "desperate".

"We did not find any indication that the attack was meant to hit either civilians or a civilian building but that the USA forces had enough time and resources available, that they should have been able to take additional precautions that may have led to the air strike being called off or delayed", Pinheiro said.

It comes amid a crushing Syrian government military offensive on eastern Ghouta, home to about 400,000 people.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference, Kalın said that Turkey has mobilized all efforts to get concrete results to find a solution to the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ghouta.

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More than nine civilians have been killed so far on Tuesday in regime airstrikes with the UN's refugee agency saying regime shelling had forced it to abandoned plans for delivering aid.

The United Nations says another attempt is planned for Thursday.

In Hammuriyeh, air strikes were continuing to pummel the town on Tuesday.

Ingy Sedky, the ICRC spokeswoman in Syria, said most of the aid from a 46-truck convoy was delivered to the town of Douma in eastern Ghouta but the mission was cut short before the rest of the supplies could be unloaded.

Netherlands U.N. Ambassador Karel van Oosterom was speaking after the Council was briefed behind closed doors on the situation in Syria at the request of Britain and France.

Aksoy said the camps would host a total of 170,000 people. The goal of the operation is clear Turkey's Syrian border from the terrorist threat.

An worldwide aid convoy cut short its mission to Eastern Ghouta after delivering desperately needed aid as the regime pounded the region on Monday.

Exhausted civil defence workers took advantage of a few hours of calm to dislodge the body of a resident, killed in bombardment several days ago, from a collapsed building.

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