Published: Чт, Марта 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Medical Cases to Be Evacuated from Ghouta as Regime Continues Bombardment

Medical Cases to Be Evacuated from Ghouta as Regime Continues Bombardment

"We also warn any nation that is determined to impose its will through chemical attacks and inhuman suffering, most especially the outlaw Syrian regime: The United States remains prepared to act if we must", Ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council.

If the warring parties continue to ignore the truce, Haley said, the United States is prepared to take action on its own.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the council that air strikes, shelling, and ground offensives had only intensified in eastern Ghouta since the UN declared a 30-day cease-fire on February 24.

Syria's regime pressed its relentless offensive on Eastern Ghouta Monday as diplomats at the United Nations pushed for new efforts to end the "bloodbath" in the rebel enclave. To our knowledge, not one critically sick or wounded person has yet been evacuated.

The opposition-run council in Douma said thousands of families were now sheltering in open streets and public gardens as existing basements and shelters were already overcrowded.

But Hasan Yahya, 72, said his heart was heavy as he left his family behind in Douma.

Shells slammed into the heart of Afrin at dusk at intervals just second apart, forcing residents to rush for cover, according to video published by the People's Protection Units, known as the YPG.

With the area now split into different parts by the army advance, Delwan said his rebel faction was in charge only of evacuations from Douma, and not from other towns.

State TV accompanied some of the evacuees and broadcast interviews in which they said insurgents had prevented them from leaving."We weren't able to come out", one man said."They are not allowing anyone at all, they attack them and sent them back".

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Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have meanwhile been pressing an assault against Eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus.

State television broadcasts from the government-controlled side of the battlefront showed dark grey clouds of smoke billowing from several places across a landscape of shattered buildings.

Almost 1,000 children were killed and at least 961 children were recruited and used in the conflict in Syria past year, the UN Children Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

At least 353,935 people have died since, including more than 106,000 civilians, the Observatory said on Monday, providing a new overall death toll for the conflict.

But Mohamed said most of the Kurdish fighters are from the area and would never give up their hometown.

As the Syrian civil war enters its eighth year this week, the humanitarian agency Save the Children has issued a new report urging the global community to push for an immediate end to the conflict.

The area is home to around 400,000 people living under a crippling government siege since 2013 and struggling to access food, medicine, and other basic necessities.

The United Nations has warned of dire shortages of food and medicine, where global deliveries have always been erratic and often obstructed before they could reach the enclave.

Syria's United Nations envoy has slammed his American counterpart for threatening military action against the Arab country over chemical attack claims, saying such comments are merely aimed at provoking a chemical attack by terrorists and fabricating evidence against the Damascus government.

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