Strikes hit Syria’s battered Ghouta as death toll hits 800

DOUMA- Violence escalated in Ghouta with heavy air strikes and clashes shook the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta ahead of an urgent UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday about the escalating violence.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have said that 805 people have been killed including at least 178 children have been killed since Russia-backed regime forces launched an assault on the besieged enclave outside Damascus from February the 18.

Russia did also experience their own loses on Tuesday, as their helicopter transport crash landed, the defence ministry did say that 39 were killed on board.

The month long ceasefire has had little affect as clashes in Eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus, have persisted despite the demands from the Security Council for the ceasefire to be respected.

Civilian organisation Observatory say that at least 24 civilians were killed on Tuesday, the British based monitor said.

Early on Tuesday government forces have relentless attackedĀ Eastern Ghouta in the past week, have wrestled control of 40% of the enclave.

Pawel Krzysiek of the International Committee of the Red Cross said after the aid convoy ended its mission on Monday, “The people we’ve met here have been through unimaginable things. They looked exhausted,”

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