Medical Group Says More Than 1000 Dead In Eastern Ghouta

Clay Curtis
March 10, 2018

Once the relief workers arrived, Syrian government forces shelled the outskirts of the town, he said.

An aid convoy crossed into the embattled rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on Friday, delivering desperately needed aid despite heavy fighting that broke out "extremely close" to the convoy and renewed air strikes by the Syrian government. Alloush's group is the largest in eastern Ghouta and controls Douma.

The horrendous Syrian civil war has caused over 400,000 deaths in seven years, according to a high-ranking official at the United Nations, who then went on to accuse the Damascus regime of planning 'the apocalypse'.

"Two of these facilities have yet to submit data for March 3, so this is an underestimation", MSF said.

MSF said on Thursday the offensive had killed 1,005 people and injured at least 4,829.

The government forces advanced from the east and were only about a mile away from forces on the western side of eastern Ghouta.

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For eastern Ghouta's civilians, trapped in underground shelters but deprived of food and water, there is a constant dilemma - whether to seek supplies or stay inside.

"We came because of the intensity of the bombing", said Abu Mohammed, a 32-year-old famer who had left his cows, sheep and farm equipment to join thousands of others fleeing to Douma, further into the rebel enclave.

The Observatory reported airstrikes on Douma and Jisreen just before the 13-truck convoy arrived Friday, following a hourslong lull.

In a letter last month to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the three main rebel factions in eastern Ghouta said they were committed to making al-Qaida-linked fighters and their families leave within 15 days.

State TV later said that insurgents targeted the Wafideen corridor on Friday afternoon with bullets and mortar shells to prevent people from leaving.

A man stands on the rubble of a damaged building at the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria March 5, 2018.

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