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United Nations accuses Syria regime of orchestrating 'apocalypse'

08 March 2018

Guterres descried that attacks on eastern Ghouta reportedly killed more than 100 people Monday and that 14 of 46 trucks in a convoy trying to deliver supplies to Douma in eastern Ghouta weren't able to fully unload, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Meanwhile, the Russian defense ministry now says it is offering safe passage out of eastern Ghouta for armed fighters as well as civilians.

Islamic State fighters and other insurgent groups committed war crimes including deadly attacks on civilians and using them as human shields, the investigators said in their latest report covering six months through January 15.

On Feb. 24 the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution demanding a full 30-day ceasefire across all of Syria, but the government and its main ally Russian Federation argue that it does not protect the rebel groups based in eastern Ghouta.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, leases a military base in Syria near the Mediterranean coast.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Syrian army troopers had captured farms southeast of the towns of Rihan and Housh al-Ashary.

The aid shipment was the first to enter eastern Ghouta since Russian Federation, a close ally of the Syrian government, ordered a daily "humanitarian pause" to the fighting a week ago.

The United Nations says 400,000 people are trapped in besieged eastern Ghouta, which it says was already running out of food and medical supplies before air strikes began two weeks ago.

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"And that's the biggest problem of this convoy - what we have done was to bring very little for people to survive for a very short period of time".

An reporter from the agency in Hammuriyeh said airstrikes overnight targeted the town, with only a few residents emerging from the safety of their cellars after day broke. It said the rebels were free to leave with their weapons and families unhindered.

"What those three countries have done to those people is a disgrace", he says.

After the implementation of the five-hour daily humanitarian pauses, Damascus tried to send dozens of trucks with aid to Eastern Ghouta, but the attempts were thwarted by the continuing shelling of the humanitarian corridor by jihadist groups.

"It shows what a farce this de-escalation zone has become", Nauert said.

Laerke said the team found a desperate situation for people who have endured months without access to humanitarian aid.

An worldwide aid convoy cut short its mission to Eastern Ghouta after delivering desperately needed aid as the regime pounded the region on Monday.

Airstrikes and shelling there on Monday killed 94 civilians, according to the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, based in France. The goal of the operation is clear Turkey's Syrian border from the terrorist threat.

United Nations accuses Syria regime of orchestrating 'apocalypse'