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Shocking! 250 Syrian civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta in last 48 hrs claims UK-based rights group

Air strikes kill nearly 200 in Syria enclave

"[The fighting] has to stop, and humanitarian organizations should be allowed to go back to eastern Ghouta to deliver the much-needed and life-saving humanitarian aid as soon as possible", Sedky said.

Besides, 13 more people were killed and 77 others wounded when militants in Eastern Ghouta fired 114 rocket and mortar rounds on several neighbourhoods here on Tuesday, said Syria state-run SANA news, citing police. Ouraiba added that most of the people died are women and children.

Almost 400,000 people are trapped in Eastern Ghouta, many of them in desperate need of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations.

They called the situation the worst violence in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus since 2013.

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

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Shelling in the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

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

The al-Nusra Front terrorists, he said, are hampering the evacuation of civilians from Eastern Ghouta, where they use them as "human shields" while keeping up attacks on Damascus' civil facilities.

The United Nations has been pleading with the Syrian government for months to arrange the evacuation of hundreds of seriously ill patients among the population of nearly 400,000.

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"The fight against terrorism can not be restricted by anything", as the suburb of Ghouta harbors the Al-Nusra Islamist group, which is an affliate of Al-Qaeda and a designated terrorist organization, Lavrov said in Moscow on February 20.

The Prime Minister replied: "We will talk to our United Nations colleagues to ensure that the best possible approach can be taken in relation to these issues, but it is not just about the Syrian Government; it is about the backers of the Syrian Government as well".

Last year, the enclave was designated as one of four "de-escalation zones" in a deal with President Bashar al-Assad's supporters Russian Federation and Iran, along with Turkey.

Speaking to the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations, a local doctor has described the situation in the enclave as "catastrophic".

Russian Federation called for an urgent council meeting on Thursday to discuss the crisis in Eastern Ghouta which Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia described as a "complex situation". "This nightmare in East Ghouta must end and must end now".

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Fighting has raged on in eastern Ghouta even though it falls under the ceasefire plans that Moscow brokered with the help of Turkey and Iran.

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