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Trump and May blame Russia, Syria for E Ghouta suffering

07 March 2018

The U.N. investigators had previously documented 33 chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

The Syrian rebel-controlled Damascus suburb has been cut off from the world by the Assad regime and Russian Federation.

Earlier Tuesday, Russia's defense ministry said that Syrian rebels, in addition to civilians, are free to use evacuation corridors to leave eastern Ghouta.

"On Monday, after humanitarian action in the city of Douma, we have discussed with representatives of worldwide humanitarian organizations the next steps for coordination when sending humanitarian convoys to eastern Ghouta". Aid agencies said Syrian authorities removed basic health supplies, including trauma and surgical kits and insulin, from the convoys before they set off.

"Syria has positively welcomed this resolution as it stresses firm commitment to the Syrian state's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity in accordance with the provisions of the UN's Charter and calls for implementing a humanitarian truce across Syria to ensure a safe, sustainable and unhindered access of humanitarian aid", the Ministry said.

France condemns these violations of worldwide humanitarian law.

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Last Wednesday, Russia and Syria clashed with the USA and its Western allies over responsibility for the failure of a cease-fire to take hold in Syria.

Eastern Ghouta has grabbed headlines recently amid a government resolve to recapture that sprawling area while at the same time allowing civilians to leave as around 400,000 people still live in that rebel-held enclave.

The Kurdish SDF forces will pull out from the front lines against the so-called Islamic State in Deir Ezzor province to the enclave of Afrin, where the Kurdish YPG militia is battling Turkish troops and allied rebels, the SDF said at a news conference.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011.

At least 1,000 children have been killed across Syria so far this year, said Christophe Boulierac of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The U.S. also condemned the ongoing Russian-Syrian operation against the rebels despite Russia stressing its own airstrikes are targeting specifically al-Qaeda connected groups.

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The United States has made its strongest accusation to date of Moscow's complicity in civilian deaths in Syria, saying Russian aircraft flew bombing missions over the besieged eastern Ghouta region in defiance of a United Nations ceasefire.

The situation in the militant-held Damascus suburb has been worsening since February 18.

She said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is "highly focused" on the Eastern Ghouta situation in regular talks with counterparts. He estimated that as many as half of the town's 40,000 residents had fled in recent weeks.

'We left with heavy hearts, ' Krzysiek said in a video distributed by the ICRC.

A Russian military cargo plane crashed near an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 Russian servicemen on board in a blow to Russian operations in Syria.

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Trump and May blame Russia, Syria for E Ghouta suffering