The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

World Syria army bombs splintered Ghouta enclave as bodies pile up

14:07  12 march  2018
14:07  12 march  2018 Source:   afp.com

Turkish air strikes kill 36 pro-regime fighters in Syria's Afrin: monitor

  Turkish air strikes kill 36 pro-regime fighters in Syria's Afrin: monitor Turkish air strikes killed at least 36 pro-regime fighters backing Kurdish militia in Syria's northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin on Saturday, a monitoring group said. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces alliance said the Turkish raids targeted pro-regime positions, but gave no death toll.The two-storey building where the fighters were located was completely eviscerated, an AFP correspondent reported, with several burnt out vehicles visible among the rubble.

New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria 's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave and trapped dozens - Bodies pile up -. Hassaan, a 30-year-old rescue worker, said there were around 20 more families under the rubble.

New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria 's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave and trapped dozens - Bodies pile up -. Hassaan, a 30-year-old rescue worker, said there were around 20 more families under the rubble.

Why U.S., Russia, Iran and Turkey Are at War in Syria

  Why U.S., Russia, Iran and Turkey Are at War in Syria The shifting dynamics of Syria's seven-year war have pitted the U.S. against NATO ally Turkey as well as Russia and Iran.The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported Friday that military helicopters dropped leaflets with instructions on how civilians could exit the besieged Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, which has been under the control of rebels and jihadis opposed to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2013. Backed by Russia and Shiite Muslim militias supported by Iran, the Syrian troops have steadily gained on one of the few pockets of control remaining from the 2011 uprising against Assad.

New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria 's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave and trapped dozens - Bodies pile up -. Hassaan, a 30-year-old rescue worker, said there were around 20 more families under the rubble.

Hammuriyeh ( Syria ) (AFP) - New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria ’s Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel - Bodies pile up -. Hassaan, a 30-year-old rescue worker, said there were around 20 more families under the rubble.

New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave and trapped dozens under collapsed buildings.

Defying global calls for a ceasefire, Syria's government has pursued a ferocious Russian-backed air campaign and ground offensive to capture the region, the last rebel bastion on the capital's doorstep.

In three weeks of fighting, it has overrun more than half the area and split the remainder into three pockets, isolating the urban hub of Douma from the rest of the enclave.

On Sunday, government troops battered the edges of each pocket with air raids, barrel bombs, and rockets, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

In eastern Ghouta rubble, a father looks for his son

  In eastern Ghouta rubble, a father looks for his son Abu Mohammad Alaya stands on top of a pile of rubble, still searching for the body for his eldest son more than a week after an air strike destroyed their home in Syria's eastern Ghouta.Alaya believes 22-year-old Mohammad is buried somewhere beneath his feet, a victim of a war that he says has already killed every member of the football team his son used to play with.

New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria 's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave and trapped dozens Bodies pile up Hassaan, a 30-year-old rescue worker, said there were around 20 more families under the rubble.

Army chief sacked in latest anti-graft move in Angola - 5 hours ago. Indian troops open fire on students in south Kashmir - 5 hours ago. New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria ’s Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave

In the evening they focused their fire on Harasta, hitting it with 18 air strikes including barrel bombs, it added.

After fighting all morning, they captured the town of Medeira, which lies at the heart of the three zones, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

US-led forces accused of breaking international law in Syria air strike that killed 150 people

  US-led forces accused of breaking international law in Syria air strike that killed 150 people <p>United Nations investigators have accused the US-led coalition of breaking international law in an air strike on territory held by the Islamic State (IS) group near Raqqa in March last year.</p>United Nations investigators have accused the US-led coalition of breaking international law in an air strike on territory held by the Islamic State (IS) group near Raqqa in March last year.

New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria 's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave and trapped dozens under collapsed buildings.

HAMMURIYEH, Syria — New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria 's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel Bodies pile up . Hassaan, a 30-year-old rescue worker, said there were around 20 more families under the rubble.

State news agency SANA had reported troops were focusing on the town in order to cut rebel access routes in Ghouta.

Bombing runs across several towns in Ghouta killed 23 civilians on Sunday, bringing the total toll from the offensive to at least 1,139 civilians, including 240 children, the Observatory said.

They include dozens of decomposing bodies still trapped under pulverised residential blocks in the towns of Hammuriyeh, Saqba, and Misraba.

In Hammuriyeh, AFP's correspondent saw a young man scrambling frantically over the rubble of a collapsed building in search of his loved ones.

His father, mother, and three siblings were killed in an air raid, but rescue workers have been unable to pull them out.

Bodies pile up

Hassaan, a 30-year-old rescue worker, said there were around 20 more families under the rubble.

"We need heavy machinery to get them out, but we can't bring the machines out into the streets because the regime may bomb them," he said.

In the main town of Douma, 17 bodies were pulled from the rubble Sunday evening, according to SOHR, adding to the corpses piling up in the morgue as bombardment prevented families from reaching the cemetery, AFP correspondents there said.

In Ghouta's shelters, terrified Syrians await the next bomb

  In Ghouta's shelters, terrified Syrians await the next bomb As the Syrian army pushes deeper into eastern Ghouta under cover of a hammering bombardment, the 400,000 civilians the UN says live in the enclave have crowded into dark basements to cower from the ceaseless bombs. Under cracked ceilings that bulge downwards from the force of previous strikes, they string sheets across the basement to partition off rooms for entire families."Look at it. It is completely uninhabitable. It is not even safe to put chickens in. There is no bathroom, just one toilet, and there are 300 people," said a man in a shelter in the region's biggest urban centre, Douma.

New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria 's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel His father, mother, and three siblings were killed in an air raid, but rescue workers have been unable to pull them out. Bodies pile up .

HAMMURIYEH: New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria ’s Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave and trapped dozens under collapsed buildings.

Families grew desperate for news of loved ones who had fled to other areas that were now inaccessible.

On Saturday, Syrian troops and allied militia cut off the main road leading out of Douma in a major blow to beleaguered rebels attempting to defend their enclave.

Flames rip through a building following Syrian government bombardment of the rebel-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta enclave on the eastern outskirts of Damascus on March 10, 2018© Provided by AFP Flames rip through a building following Syrian government bombardment of the rebel-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta enclave on the eastern outskirts of Damascus on March 10, 2018

Government forces also captured the town of Misraba.

Some residents fled from the advancing troops, but dozens stayed as soldiers recaptured their neighbourhoods.

SANA reported on Sunday that troops transported "dozens of civilians, including women and children" from Misraba to temporary shelters in government-held zones.

The Observatory told AFP that Misraba was left abandoned after 75 to 100 people were moved out of the town by regime forces.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is keen to recapture Eastern Ghouta from rebels, who have used the region as a launch pad for attacks on the capital.

On Sunday, four people were killed and six wounded in rebel rocket fire on a government-controlled district in eastern Damascus, state television reported.

It broadcast live footage from the battered skyline of Medeira, saying Sunday's gains linked Syrian soldiers advancing from the east with troops based on the western edges of Ghouta.

What does Turkey's seizure of Afrin mean for Syria war?

  What does Turkey's seizure of Afrin mean for Syria war? The capture of Afrin from the Kurds by Turkish-led fighters on Sunday could have major repercussions for Syria's protracted war.Here we look at what it means for Turkey, the Syrian regime and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia who were in control of the city.

Hammuriyeh, Syria : New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria 's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave Bodies pile up Hassaan, a 30-year-old rescue worker, said there were around 20 more families under the rubble.

New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria 's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave and trapped dozens - Bodies pile up -. Hassaan, a 30-year-old rescue worker, said there were around 20 more families under the rubble.

Officials mull evacuation

In recent years, government forces have recaptured several areas around Damascus and other parts of war-ravaged Syria from rebels by pursuing fierce military offensives culminating in evacuation deals.

A delegation representing Hammuriyeh residents were on Sunday considering such an agreement after talks with the regime, a negotiator and the Observatory told AFP.

The delegation met government representatives on Saturday and discussed a proposal that would offer safe passage to rebels and civilians who want to leave, one of its members said.

Syrian men check damage following Syrian government shelling on the rebel-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus on March 10, 2018© Provided by AFP Syrian men check damage following Syrian government shelling on the rebel-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus on March 10, 2018

"The committee is meeting on Sunday to take a decision and inform the regime," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The Observatory confirmed talks were taking place on Hammuriyeh as well as the towns of Jisreen and Saqba.

The two main rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta have firmly and repeatedly denied negotiating with the Syrian regime.

Faylaq al-Rahman, the opposition faction that holds Hammuriyeh, insisted late Saturday there were "no direct or indirect negotiations" on an evacuation.

Eastern Ghouta is home to around 400,000 people living under a crippling government siege since 2013.

The United Nations has demanded a month-long ceasefire there to allow for aid to be brought in and for desperately sick and wounded civilians to receive treatment.

Syria's regime has also been accused of using chlorine gas against civilians in Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks.

On Sunday, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned it would be "very unwise" for Assad to use weaponised gas against civilians, but declined to say whether doing so would trigger a US military response.

Rocket attack on Syrian capital kills 35 people .
Rockets fired on a market in a government-controlled neighborhood of Damascus on Tuesday killed 35 people and wounded more than 20 others, Syrian state-run media said, marking one of the highest death tolls in a single attack targeting the capital. The government blamed rebels in the eastern suburbs of Damascus for the attack on the Kashkol neighborhood. The capital, seat of President Bashar Assad's power, has come under increasing attack as government forces continue to pound rebel-held eastern Ghouta, with military backing from Russia.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
This is interesting!