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Aid convoy to Damascus rebel-held suburb postponed

09 March 2018

The diplomat said that after dividing Eastern Ghouta, Russia will turn to areas controlled by Failaq al-Rahman, al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham in the southern part of the enclave.

The Government's continued ground and air attacks on Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, come despite separate cease-fire initiatives endorsed by Russian Federation and the UN Security Council. More than 900 people have been killed in three weeks of relentless bombardment.

The UN says 400,000 people are trapped in the towns and villages there and are running out of food and medicine.

It passed a resolution on 24 February demanding a 30-day truce across Syria but the government and its key ally Russian Federation say it does not apply to some of the rebel groups holding the enclave.

Syrian regime continues to target the besieged civilians in the opposition-held enclave which the United Nations body for children describes a "hell on earth".

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The UN Human Rights Council on Monday ordered investigators to examine the latest violence in the enclave.

Government forces this week advanced from the east and were only about two kilometres away from linking with forces on the western side of Eastern Ghouta.

In August 2013 hundreds of people, including many children, are killed in a suspected toxic chemical attack on the region and another rebel bastion near Damascus, Moadamiyet al-Sham.

A spokesman for Arab militias within the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said Tuesday that as many as 1,700 fighters would be redeployed.

Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, has offered rebels safe passage out with their families and personal weapons.

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The day before the aid convoy was postponed, an alleged chlorine gas attack injured an estimated 100 people in East Ghouta on Wednesday, first responders and medical sources told Syria Direct.

In New York, the UN Security Council will again gather to discuss the failure of a ceasefire it had demanded last week.

Yazan Kahil was filming the advances of pro-government Syrian forces while he stepped on an improvised explosive device left behind by Takfiri terrorists, and lost his life. Some food is still grown locally or smuggled in, but prices are soaring.

"Eastern Ghouta is experiencing a Middle Ages-style siege", France's United Nations ambassador Francois Delattre tells reporters in early January.

Friday's delivery was expected to contain "the remaining aid that wasn't delivered during the previous convoy of March 5", a spokeswoman for the ICRC, Ingy Sedky, said, adding "we also have some positive indications that a bigger convoy with additional supplies including medical items might happen next week".

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Aid convoy to Damascus rebel-held suburb postponed