Syrian Arab Army liberates largest town in Ghouta

Posted March 11, 2018

Rescue workers on Saturday pulled the bodies of 17 people, including members of three separate families - from under the rubble of destroyed buildings in Douma.

"We are not cooperating with the UNHRC as it is politicized and propagating the policy of western states targeting Syria", Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told reporters. They are exhausted, they are angry.

Additionally, aid groups trying to deliver food and medicine to the embattled area have had to retreat under fire.

"No child should be witnessing this in their very early state of development".

What is the situation in Eastern Ghouta?

Data was collected from the evenings of February 18 to March 3.

However, UN agencies said most medical supplies had been stripped from the convoy by Syrian government officials and added that the food supplies brought in were insufficient. Moreover, the shelling continues during humanitarian pauses. "But reach safety where?" he said in an interview in Beirut.

The UN refugee agency's Syria representative, who entered Ghouta with Monday's convoy, said the area was "on the verge of a major disaster".

The Syrian army was advancing near Mesraba and Mudeira, two small towns which represent the last link between the northern and southern halves of the enclave, which is located near to the Syrian capital, Damascus.

They've only been able to get a fraction of much needed food and medical supplies into the area where an estimated 400,000 people are trapped.

Such reports, which have been recurrent in the past weeks, could not be independently confirmed.

The channel has been reporting since last week that rebels have prevented civilians from leaving. It said the rebels were free to leave with their weapons and families unhindered.

A first group of jihadists is to be evacuated from the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, the target of a devastating regime assault, a powerful Islamist rebel group announced on Friday.

Maj. -Gen. Vladimir Zolotukhin, of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, said Saturday negotiations were being conducted about the withdrawal of rebel fighters from Syria's besieged East Ghouta.

The base near the Mediterranean coast is far from the front lines of the conflict, but came under shelling in December.

The YPG denies any direct organisational links to the PKK - an assertion backed by the U.S., which has provided the militia and allied Arab fighters with weapons and air support to help them battle the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).