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Amman: The humanitarian crisis resulting from hundreds of airstrikes over East Ghouta in recent months is intensifying as residents say they are moving from town to town with little more than the clothes on their backs to escape an amorphous frontline. Syrian government and opposition forces are currently ...
A total of 40 people were killed over the past two days as Syrian regime forces intensified their attacks on the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, according to the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets. In a statement, it said at least 161 civilians lost their lives over the last two ...

The Syrian government recently allowed only 29 of 600 critically ill patients in Eastern Ghouta to be evacuated in a prisoner exchange. It's the latest example of the regime using a humanitarian situation as a bargaining chip, writes SAMS president Dr. Ahmad Tarakji.
"Since 31 December, at least 85 civilians, including 21 women and 30 children, have been killed and at least 183 injured in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, according to information gathered by the UN human rights Office," UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, said in a statement.
10 January 2018 - The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday condemned an upsurge in civilian casualties in Eastern Ghouta in Syria amid the recent escalation in airstrikes and ground-based attacks by government forces and their allies, noting that at least 85 civilians have been killed since 31 December.
Syrian official sources admit Russia made it clear it does not support major military offensives now against rebel-held Idlib province and the besieged Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus. Both were designated last year as "de-escalation" zones by Russia, Turkey and Iran. One official said Moscow, hoping ...

GENEVA January 10, 2018 - UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the upsurge in civilian casualties in Eastern Ghouta in Syria amid the recent escalation in airstrikes and ground-based attacks by government forces and their allies, stressing that all parties are obliged ...
GENEVA (10 January 2018) - UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the upsurge in civilian casualties in Eastern Ghouta in Syria amid the recent escalation in airstrikes and ground-based attacks by government forces and their allies, stressing that all parties are obliged ...
Bashar al Assad's regime upped the pressure on two of the last opposition bastions in Syria on Monday, pounding the Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus and the northern province of Idlib. Shelling and air strikes on Ghouta, which regime forces have besieged for four years, killed at least 20 civilians, ...
ATTENTION editors - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Heba Amouri, mourns as she holds the body of her two-year-old son, Emir al-Bash at a medical center in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria January 8, 2018. Picture taken January 8, 2018.
Shelling and air strikes on Eastern Ghouta, which the Syrian regime forces have besieged for four years, have killed at least 140 civilians in the last 11 days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The semi-rural area east of the Syrian capital is home to around 400,000 inhabitants and ...
Bashar al Assad's regime upped the pressure on two of the last opposition bastions in Syria on Monday, pounding the Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus and the northern province of Idlib. Shelling and air strikes on Ghouta, which regime forces have besieged for four years, killed at least 20 civilians, ...
Eastern Ghouta, Idlib and Hama have all been designated "de-escalation zones" as part of an agreement brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran aimed to reduce violence in remaining rebel-held territory for at least six months. Fighting and airstrikes in those areas violate a truce proposed by Russia, which ...
Bashar al Assad's regime upped the pressure on two of the last opposition bastions in Syria on Monday, pounding the Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus and the northern province of Idlib. Shelling and air strikes on Ghouta, which regime forces have besieged for four years, killed at least 20 civilians, ...
At least 23 people have been killed in Syrian and Russian air raids on the outskirts of the country's capital Damascus. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the figure includes six children and four women killed in Monday's attacks on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta district.
Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the capital is the regime's Achilles heel, and because of this it faces an almost inevitable military offensive, experts say. The battle-scarred region east of Damascus, which has been under near-daily bombardment and a crippling government siege since ...
The advance comes just a handful of days after the army's elite forces launched a major operation to break the siege by Ahrar al-Sham terrorists on the military vehicles Administration base in the town of Harasta in Eastern Ghouta. At least 200 Syrian troops were believed to be trapped within the premises ...

At least 17 civilians have been killed in aerial bombardments carried out by Syrian government forces in Eastern Ghouta, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). A series of attacks carried out on Saturday in the district killed 12 people in the Hammuriyeh area, three in Arbin city and ...
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon said more than 100 children in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus needed medical evacuation. The Syrian government and its ally, Russia, have consistently denied targeting civilian areas. Among facilities hit by recent air strikes was a maternity hospital in Maarrat al-Numan, ...
Airstrikes on the opposition-held Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, killed 17 civilians and wounded 60 others on Saturday, a monitor said. Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out the airstrikes that targeted Hammuriyeh, Arbeen, Harasta and Madira, the head of the ...
Weekly prayers in Syria's Eastern Ghouta district were cancelled on Friday due to fierce regime shelling of residential areas, according to local religious authorities. "Due to the regime's deliberate targeting of residential neighborhoods, including mosques, we decided to cancel Friday prayers today," ...
At least 23 civilians have been killed in aerial bombardment carried out by Syrian government forces in rebel-held parts of the Eastern Ghouta district, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Both the monitor and the Syrian Civil Defence, a group of volunteer first responders, said at ...
Twenty-five civilians are reported to have been killed in air strikes on two towns in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Syria's capital, Damascus. The Syria Civil Defence said one of its rescue workers was among 18 people who died when what witnesses identified as Russian jets bombed Misraba.
At least 20 civilians were killed in attacks by Bashar al-Assad regime forces in opposition-held parts of Syria's Eastern Ghouta district, according to Syrian Civil Defense sources. The Syrian Civil Defense organization, also known as the White Helmets, said that 11 civilians -- including White Helmets ...
"We are alive, but dead," a frequent line the families and residents of eastern Ghouta in Syria use to best express the zombie-esque living conditions they ... Evening the score after its inability to regain control of the area, the regime's army and affiliated militias have targeted eastern Ghouta with a host of ...
Dr. Wisam Muhammed, 35, a cancer specialist and the manager of Rahmah Center for Curing Cancer, the only center specialized in tumors' treatment in Eastern Ghouta, told Global Voices that their patients deserve treatment as Syrian citizens but because they were born in Ghouta, the siege prevents ...
The air raids are believed to be part of the government's assault on rebel-held positions in Eastern Ghouta, a neighbourhood near Damascus. The government says it has launched a counter-offensive because opposition fighters are firing shells into territories under its control. But rebels say the government ...
Syria's war: Scores dead after air strikes on Ghouta. At least 19 people, including six children, are believed to have been killed in rebel-held parts of Damascus following government air strikes. by Osama Bin Javaid. 31 Dec 2017 16:10 GMT. A video has emerged from Syria showing children being rescued from rebel-held ...
Beirut, Lebanon (9:45 P.M.) - The Islamist offensive in the East Ghouta took a disastrous turn, Monday, after Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham attempted to capture the strategic vehicle base inside the Harasta suburb. Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and their allies began today's assault by ...
The local, activist-run Ghouta Media Center reported fierce clashes and dense government airstrikes. Twenty-one soldiers and 26 rebels and al-Qaida fighters were killed in two days of clashes, according to the Observatory's director, Rami Abdurrahman. Rebels first attacked the installation seven weeks ...
Beirut, Lebanon (2:35 P.M.) - The battle for the vehicle base in the East Ghouta town of Harasta has reached its tipping point, as both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Islamist rebels trade attacks near the strategic vehicle base. Led by Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Islamist rebels launched a massive ...
It took the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent three days to evacuate the patients and their family members from eastern Ghouta suburbs to hospitals just minutes away, underscoring the degree to which authorities have obstructed basic relief work in the war-torn ...
Beirut, Lebanon (6:40 A.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has sent a large number of reinforcements to the East Ghouta region of Damascus after the latest attack by the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Faylaq Al-Rahman. According to a military report, the Syrian army's High Command ...
At least 15 civilians were killed by the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria's eastern Ghouta on Saturday, according to a source from the White Helmets group. White Helmets is also known as the Syrian Civil Defense. The source said Assad forces began intensified artillery and air attacks early Saturday in an ...
The Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation assisted the evacuation of 111 people from Eastern Ghouta as part of the first humanitarian evacuation of critically ill patients and hostages from territories controlled by the armed opposition. The last part of evacuation operation, when 111 people left ...
The evacuation, which started on Tuesday after a deal between Damascus and a rebel faction, involved letting some patients leave rebel-held eastern Ghouta in return for insurgents releasing detainees. International aid agencies voiced concern about the terms of the deal. UN humanitarian adviser Jan ...
When the Syrian regime's siege on Eastern Ghouta began in May 2013, Anas Altaan wasn't expecting the international community to convince the Syrian regime to open roads connecting the area to the outside world. He didn't know when the air strikes would stop, but he was sure of one thing. No help ...
Critically ill patients are being evacuated from the besieged Syrian rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, but the fate of hundreds of others with life-threatening conditions remains unresolved. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Syria said its staff, along with those of the Syrian Arab Red ...
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a British adviser to the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM), told the BBC it had requested an evacuation of the children from eastern Ghouta. The suburb of Damascus, home to 400,000 civilians, has been under siege by Assad's forces for four years.
A mere three months later, in the countryside outside Aleppo, Hope hospital opened its doors and has since treated 18,144 children. "How tragic that what happened to the people of Aleppo is still happening to people in [Eastern] Ghouta right now," said Dr Hatem (who goes by his first name only), director ...
In the words of UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, it is the "epicentre of suffering". Just a few kilometres from the affluent central neighbourhoods of Damascus lies the Eastern Ghouta region, where hunger and deprivation reigns among bombed-out homes, as yet another icy winter descends on Syria.
The situation in a besieged rebel-held area near Syria's capital has reached a "critical point", the International Committee of the Red Cross has warned. Scores of civilians have been killed or injured in the Eastern Ghouta in the past month and life is slowly becoming "impossible", the organisation says.
Abu Fahed, a Syrian rebel and resident of the district of Eastern Ghouta, was on his way home from work a few weeks ago when he lost five members of his family. He had been building hillforts in Jobar, part of the effort to keep Eastern Ghouta, a hotly contested area on the outskirts of Damascus, in rebel ...
The United Nations is calling for the urgent evacuation of 500 patients besieged in the Syrian suburb of Eastern Ghouta, while 400,000 civilians remain trapped under government bombardments. Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the six-year war at UN-brokered talks in Geneva are also ...
Despite being designated as a so-called de-escalation zone, jet fighters flown by the Syrian government and its Russian allies continue to bomb the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. The UN says fighting is only intensifying, despite a deal between Russia, Iran and Turkey stipulating that there ...
aid workers completed a series of medical evacuations from a besieged opposition enclave near Damascus Friday as part of a controversial deal that saw patients swapped for hostages and prisoners. The patients were among a list of cases considered critical who were evacuated since Tuesday night ...
The efforts to evacuate some 500 people from besieged Eastern Ghouta have been underway through negotiations with the Russian authorities, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday. The president said during a press conference ahead of his three-day visit to the African countries of Sudan, ...
Moscow and Ankara are discussing the relocation of hundreds of people from Eastern Ghouta, Turkey's President said, according to Russian and Turkish news reports. Various rebel groups control Eastern Ghouta, and the suburb has been surrounded by Syrian regime forces for more than four years.
As 2017 comes to an end, we're looking back at some of the biggest stories of the year, through the eyes of five families. In part three, we speak to a Syrian family. Like millions of other Syrians, they have been internally displaced by the war. They are also among 400,000 people who live in the ...
Medical evacuations are taking place from a rebel-held area on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Four critically-ill patients were taken out of the Eastern Ghouta overnight by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Another 25 should be evacuated in the ...


 

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