At least 250 Syrians killed by shelling in eastern Ghouta

Katrina Barker
February 22, 2018

The UN chief said a suspension of fighting must allow for humanitarian aid to reach all in need and the evacuation of some 700 people needing urgent medical treatment.

The Observatory said the bombardment had killed more than 106 adults and children in eastern Ghouta on yesterday alone.

Since Sunday, more than 100 civilians have died and over 300 people have been injured.

Even though these attacks have claimed lives of adults and children alike, the regime maintains these are "precision strikes".

In a statement issued on February 20, the French foreign ministry condemned "indiscriminate attacks" which "constituted a serious violation of worldwide humanitarian law".

The US position on the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta, a militant-controlled suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, is a clear example of "double standards", the Russian deputy foreign minister has said.

Government airstrikes continue to pummel what's left of the rebel-held towns of eastern Ghouta.

"Without the support of these two allies, the al-Assad regime would not have the military strength it has now".

At least 194 civilians have been killed, among them 57 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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.

"Where is Russian Federation and where is Iran, which announced in Astana that they would also ensure cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta?" he asked.

"This is a human tragedy that is unfolding in front of our eyes, and I don't think we can let things go on happening", he said. "It takes great cowardice to attack schools, hospitals and civilians", he said.

Syrian government forces bombed and fired artillery at eastern Ghouta over the past two days, killing over 150 people, according to Al Jazeera. Eastern Ghouta town is under the control of various Islamic-rebel groups including the Al-Qaeda-linked Tahir al-Sham, which was previously known as Jabhat al Nusra before renouncing its ties to terrorist group Al Qaeda.

On Monday and Tuesday, a total of 13 medical facilities were attacked in Eastern Ghouta, according to the Syrian American Medical Society. "This nightmare in East Ghouta must end and must end now".

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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