Syria: Monitors Say 70 Killed in 24 Hours Amid Ongoing Gov’t Assault on Eastern Ghouta

HeadlineMar 06, 2018

In Syria, human rights monitors say at least 70 people have been killed in the last 24 hours by the Russian-backed Syrian government’s continued airstrikes and artillery fire against Eastern Ghouta, outside the capital Damascus. Monitors say a humanitarian aid convoy has been blocked from delivering supplies to residents trapped in the rebel-held area, which has been besieged by the Syrian government for years. The rescue group the White Helmets says at least 30 people appear to have suffocated from a suspected chlorine gas attack on Monday night. The Syrian government’s ongoing offensive against Eastern Ghouta comes despite a U.N. Security Council ceasefire and a 5-hour daily ceasefire brokered by Russia, the Syrian government’s main backer.

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