Syrian Suburbs under siege

Syrian Suburbs under siege

Syrian Suburbs under siege

A doctor working in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta says the situation is "catastrophic" - and he believes the global community has abandoned the people living there, BBC reported.

Numerous violations may amount to war crimes, he said.

The terrified inhabitants of eastern Ghouta say they are simply waiting to die as the Assad regime continues to destroy their homes and hospitals with shrapnel-filled barrel bombs and the rest of the world looks on helplessly - or the case of Assad's Russian and Iranian backers, with callous indifference.

"I am deeply alarmed by the extreme escalation in hostilities in East Ghouta", Panos Moumtzis, U.N. regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, said in a statement.

Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vassily Nebenzia put forward the proposal on Wednesday at the UN Security Council's meeting devoted to global peace and security.

Factions in Ghouta fired mortars at Damascus on February 20, killing six people and injuring 28, Syrian state TV said.

But Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's veto-wielding ally Russian Federation has called the proposal "not realistic".

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In recent months, however, the government has followed the playbook it has used to crush opposition in other Syrian cities by tightening the siege, leaving civilians struggling with dwindling supplies and turning on each other and the rebel fighters. He said the mediation was between insurgents and Moscow, the Syrian government's key ally, but did not elaborate.

Amnesty International said "flagrant war crimes" were being committed on an "epic scale" there, and the United Nations children's agency UNICEF published a blank statement, saying in a footnote there were "no words" to describe the suffering of children.

It demands the immediate lifting of all sieges including in Eastern Ghouta, Yarmouk, Foua and Kefraya and orders all sides to "cease depriving civilians of food and medicine indispensable to their survival".

But the USA joined the global community to voice deep concerns about the increasing violence in eastern Ghouta.

Several medical facilities in Eastern Ghouta were reported to have been struck on Monday, the CNN report said.

"The horrors of east Aleppo are being repeated in east Ghouta with the ongoing slaughter of trapped civilians and woefully inadequate access for humanitarian actors", she said.

The push for a vote came after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a halt of the "war activities" in Eastern Ghouta, Syria's rebel enclave which has come under a fierce bombing campaign by government forces.

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