Syrian airstrikes on Ghouta kill at least 35 in 24 hours

Syrian airstrikes on Ghouta kill at least 35 in 24 hours

Syrian airstrikes on Ghouta kill at least 35 in 24 hours

Isolated and besieged by government troops, Eastern Ghouta is of key interest to humanitarian organisations seeking to aid trapped civilians.

The Eastern Ghouta area has been surrounded by Syrian forces for more than four years, with the siege intensifying last May when government forces conducted a large-scale offensive.

The UN children's fund UNICEF issued a blank "statement" on Tuesday to express its outrage at mass casualties among Syrian children in the Eastern Ghouta and neighbouring Damascus.

The body of a child killed in Syrian army bombardment on the town of Hamouria in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta is seen lying on the ground at a makeshift morgue the morning after the attacks, february 20, 2018.

Forty-five civilians, including 12 children, were killed by air strikes and shelling from the Syrian government on Tuesday morning, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Last night, Syria Civil Defence - also known as the White Helmets - said more than 100 civilians, including 20 children, had been killed over 24 hours.

Picture: A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus.

"The humanitarian situation of civilians in East Ghouta is spiralling out of control".

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Almost 400,000 people live in Eastern Ghouta.

Panos Moumtzis, UN regional coordinator for the Syria crisis, said an "extreme escalation in hostilities" had killed at least 40 civilians and injured more than 150 on Monday.

Syrian government forces are boosting air strikes against militants near the capital Damascus.

While the exact scope and goal of the reported campaign remains unclear, the Tiger Forces previously took part in major ground campaigns elsewhere in Syria-including an offensive previous year to seize Islamic State territory in northern Aleppo province.

The conflict in Syria has seen more than 300,000 people killed and millions more displaced since it began in early 2011.

Eastern Ghouta falls under ceasefire plans for rebel territory that Russian Federation has brokered with the help of Turkey and Iran.

Eastern Ghouta is in one of these areas, where violence is meant to be contained, but the de-escalation agreement does not include a former al Qaeda affiliate which has a small presence there. "We no longer have the words to describe children's suffering and our outrage", it said.

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