Aid convoy forced to leave Ghouta By

08 March, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room used by the United Nations Human Rights Council in the Palace of Nations

Syrian and allied forces have retaken half of the territory rebels held in Eastern Ghouta since they launched a blistering offensive in mid-February, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

At least 19 civilians were killed on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory, a Britain-based monitor.

Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, has offered rebels safe passage out with their families and personal weapons.

Syrian government forces used chemical weapons against insurgents in eastern Ghouta, including chlorine three times in July, and in Harasta on the western edge of the zone in November, the report said.

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. And Syria's failure to implement it has only been made worse by Russia's apparent inability or unwillingness to push its ally in Damascus to comply.

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

"We did not find any indication that the attack was meant to hit either civilians or a civilian building but that the USA forces had enough time and resources available, that they should have been able to take additional precautions that may have led to the air strike being called off or delayed", Pinheiro said.

Live footage broadcast by Syrian state TV from the outskirts of the town of Mesraba earlier on Wednesday showed enormous clouds of smoke rising into the sky.




Home to some 400,000 people, Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling regime siege for the last five years.

The onslaught has since taken more than 40 percent of Eastern Ghouta and killed more than 800 civilians.

The panel also rejected the United States-led coalition's account of multiple airstrikes last March on a school building in Raqqa Province, which investigators said killed at least 150 of the 200 civilians who were housed there after fleeing fighting elsewhere.

The Russian mission to the United Nations in Geneva did not immediately respond to the findings.

Air strikes continued Tuesday. "The people sit with multiple families, with thousands of families in basement shelters", he said.

"The strikes on Eastern Ghouta in recent days have demonstrated the farcical nature of Russia's proposed humanitarian corridor".

The International Committee for the Red Cross says it was forced to halt aid delivery to the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus the previous day after the security situation deteriorated while aid workers were on the ground.

The United Nations has planned to send another aid convoy to Syria's besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta on Thursday.

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