Syrian Army to Lay Siege on Two Terrorists Strongholds in Eastern Ghouta

09 March, 2018, 10:27 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Civil defence worker carries a team member affected by chemical gas at the field hospital

An aid convoy planned to bring assistance to besieged civilians in eastern Ghouta has been postponed, as monitors said a suspected chemical attack had hit the Syrian rebel enclave amid heavy fighting.

According to human rights groups, more than 900 civilians have been killed there in the last 18 days and the Red Cross has held back an aid convoy because of the intense fighting.

On Wednesday, government forces captured Beit Sawa, Al-Ashaari, and nearby farmland, the Britain-based Observatory said, putting them in control of more than half the territory once held by rebels.

Nearly 600 people are believed to have been killed and more than 2,000 injured since Syrian government forces launched an air and ground offensive on Eastern Ghouta on February 18, according to the United Nations.

In addition to the grim death toll, reports of malnourishment are rampant and many of Eastern Ghouta's residents are living in poorly equipped basements for some respite from almost incessant shelling.

Syria's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Hussam Aala, told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday the assault targeted "terrorist organiZations in accordance with global humanitarian law".

About 100 people were killed Monday in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, making it the deadliest day there since the United Nations Security Council passed a nationwide ceasefire resolution on February 24, the Syrian American Medical Society said Tuesday in a statement. Many civilians have fled from the frontlines into Douma, a town in the enclave.

Until this week, the Syrian army - notably the elite Republican Guards and "Tiger" forces - had provided the ground units involved in the offensive in eastern Ghouta.

Washington accuses the Syrian government of responsibility, saying more than 1,400 people, including 426 children, died.

Turkey's state-run news agency said meanwhile that Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces had entered the town of Jinderes, in the enclave's southwest, where they were engaged in street clashes with Syrian Kurdish forces.

"The fact is we have seen possibly the worst fighting ever in eastern Ghouta in these last 24 hours and in that kind of situation you can not deliver anything", Egeland said.

Eastern Ghouta was seized by militants in 2012.

At least 100 residents displayed symptoms of chlorine gas inhalation, the spokesman added.

"I'm going to suffocate", two children screamed as rescue workers carried them down from the roof.

Plans to send an aid convoy to Ghouta on Thursday were postponed, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations said.

"The entire city of Jandairis was liberated from the secessionist gangs", said the commander, who goes by the name Abu Saleh.


  • 2 students accidentally shot at Huffman High School; 1 dead

    2 students accidentally shot at Huffman High School; 1 dead

    Wilson did not respond to questions as to who fired the gun, adding investigators have the firearm in their possession. Students were released and police are investigating the circumstances of the shooting, the statement said.
    Toyota Supra returns as Gazoo Racing motorsport concept

    Toyota Supra returns as Gazoo Racing motorsport concept

    The doors are lined with carbon fibre panels and it gets a racing display instead of the usual instrument clusters. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has since become the worldwide umbrella organization for Toyota's global sporting program .
    Far Cry 5 Post Launch DLC Announced

    Far Cry 5 Post Launch DLC Announced

    In addition to the paid season pass , Far Cry 5 and Far Cry Arcade will be the host of a number of free activities. The three DLC campaigns will be available for anyone who buys a season pass of the Gold Edition of the game.
  • Collin Sexton: Hits game-winner to cap huge performance Thursday

    Collin Sexton: Hits game-winner to cap huge performance Thursday

    Sexton finished with a game-high 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting, which included three 3-pointers. The Tide started the game strong and it seemed as if they would finish strong as well.
    Kandy riots: Sri Lanka govt blocks social media

    Kandy riots: Sri Lanka govt blocks social media

    Canada is among the countries, also including Denmark, Norway and the USA , to issue warnings to citizens in Sri Lanka . Some of those networks appeared to be blocked in Colombo , the capital, while others worked sporadically and slowly.
    Microsoft's Bringing Azure Stack to Government Customers

    Microsoft's Bringing Azure Stack to Government Customers

    The company said Azure Stack would be integrated with the Azure government cloud by the middle of 2018. The two new regions can accommodate government data classified secrets, noted Keane.
  • Second snowstorm hits US East Coast, several flights grounded

    Second snowstorm hits US East Coast, several flights grounded

    Precipitation is expected to continue in earnest until around midnight, but snow showers could continue into Thursday morning. These areas will likely be all snow as well, but some mixing could occur in the CT river valley where warm air will persist.
    Concerns mount as reality of permanent time change draws closer

    Concerns mount as reality of permanent time change draws closer

    During Daylight Saving Time, more people travel to and from school and work and complete errands during the daylight. While residents will lose an hour of sleep when the clocks spring forward, they will gain an hour of daylight.
    Mercedes Finally Reveals AMG GT 4-Door Coupé

    Mercedes Finally Reveals AMG GT 4-Door Coupé

    Drivers can choose between five drive modes - Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and the new, self-explanatory Slippery. All models are nine-speed automatics, with some variations on the type of transmission used, Motor1 reported .
  • Australia and East Timor reach historic worldwide  agreement

    Australia and East Timor reach historic worldwide agreement

    The dispute had prevented the development of the Greater Sunrise gas fields in the region, which are owned by a joint venture which includes Royal Dutch Shell PLC.
    Trump cites 'possible progress' over North Korea's willingness to talk

    Trump cites 'possible progress' over North Korea's willingness to talk

    KCNA said Mr Kim had "exchanged views and made a satisfactory agreement" on the letter and gave orders for it to be acted on. Among the delegation were intelligence chief Suh Hoon and National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong.
    Walmart launches meal kits

    Walmart launches meal kits

    Walmart is cooking up a solution with new meal kits set to roll out to more than 2,000 stores this year. Thai curry chicken and chicken fried rice can be made with the rotisserie chicken.


Sky Sports News visits Old Trafford ahead of Manchester United v Liverpool
Would you say Lukaku has had a successful first season at Manchester United? "How strong he goes in both remains to be seen". Manchester City are the only team over the last couple of years.

Derrick Rose Signed to Timberwolves for Rest of Season
Of course, Jones and Jeff Teague have barely played together at all this season, so two-point guard lineups haven't been the norm. The 2010-11 MVP has been bothered by injuries this season and never found the right role during his time with the Cavaliers.

Mueller examining whether Seychelles meeting aimed at creating back channel
Prince has sharply disputed that account, saying he did not present himself as a representative of the incoming administration. The key new player that has emerged in all this is Lebanese-American businessman George Nader .

Test For Breast Cancer Gene Will Be Available In Weeks
Along with the approval, the FDA is setting up special controls to ensure the test's accuracy and performance, the agency said. The three DNA mutations searched for in the screening make up a small percentage of hundreds of known BCRA mutations.

Excretion of Volatile Organic Compounds Up in Teen E-Smokers
E-cigarettes are increasingly being used as a nicotine alternative as smokers seek ways to kick their habit. In 2016, the CDC reported that 11 percent of USA high schoolers had vaped in the past 30 days.

Peele makes history with screenplay win
When asked about the importance of the awards and big accolades he said, "I didn't know how important it was". Taking to Twitter shortly after his win, Jordan Peele acknowledged the moment saying , "I just won an Oscar".

Ex-Trump aide denies drinking after CNN anchor calls him out
He said the reason he wasn't going to the grand jury was because what Mueller's team asked for is "ridiculous". Nunberg then went on multiple MSNBC and CNN shows to publicize his refusal to comply with the Mueller probe.

Italy's anti-immigrant League hails unprecedented results in elections
Founded in 2009 by comedian Beppe Grillo , who denounced cronyism in Italian politics, Five Star is now led by Luigi Di Maio , 31. The bitter and divisive contest yielded no overall victor , but the swing towards populist extremist parties should be a concern.

The Best Social Reactions to the 'Bachelor' Finale Breakup
The most obvious way it could have been different is that Arie could have broken up with Becca off camera. And while the account isn't confirmed to be hers, her Venmo friends include her mom and older sister.

US Republican senator backs review of Broadcom's Qualcomm bid
On Sunday, CFIUS instructed Qualcomm to delay by 30 days its annual shareholder meeting , which had been scheduled for Tuesday. At issue for CFIUS is the fact that Broadcom , based in Singapore, is attempting to acquire the USA -based Qualcomm .