More Bombs Hit Syria's Ghouta, Death Toll Highest Since 2013

Government bombing of suburbs in Syria kills more than 100

"My appeal to all those involved is for an immediate suspension of all war activities in eastern Ghouta allowing for humanitarian aid to reach all those in need", he said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was "deeply alarmed by the escalating situation in Eastern Ghouta and its devastating impact on civilians", said spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

But any political agreement must not include forced displacement of civilians, he said.

"At this time, it is especially urgent for the Security Council to uphold its responsibility to bring about a political settlement on Syria in accordance with resolution 2254 under United Nations auspices", he said.

Home to 400,000 people, the densely-populated agricultural neighbourhood on the outskirts of Damascus has been besieged by government forces for years.

Access to the area has been very restricted and only one convoy of aid has been allowed in this year.

Photographs showed men searching through the rubble of smashed buildings in Ghouta, carrying blood-smeared people to hospital and cowering in debris-strewn streets.

The pace of the bombardment appeared to slacken overnight, but its intensity resumed on Wednesday morning, said the monitoring group, which puts the death toll in the past 48 hours at about 250 people. Pro-government forces fired hundreds of rockets and dropped barrel bombs from helicopters on the district's towns and villages.

"We are waiting [for] our turn to die".

The rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in the countryside of Syrian capital Damascus has witnessed intense airstrikes and shelling as military showdown is approaching.

Flu has killed 84 children in the US
On Thursday, the CDC announced that the current flu vaccine is preventing sickness in around 36 percent of vaccinated Americans. Under-65s can continue to receive the regular trivalent influenza vaccine. "We're still at the peak of flu season".

Residents in the rebel-held area outside Damascus say they are waiting for their "turn to die" after more than 290 people including dozens of children were killed since Sunday.

"Nearly all people living here live in shelters now".

A total of 357 million children - equivalent to one in six - live in conflict zones. "There is no food, no markets", he said.

Amnesty International said war crimes were being committed on an "epic scale" in eastern Ghouta. This is madness and it has to stop.

The two main rebel factions in eastern Ghouta, which signed the deals with Russian Federation last summer, accuse Damascus and Moscow of using the jihadist presence as a pretext for attacks.

The Syrian government maintains it is fighting a war on terrorism and does not target civilians.

The TV reporter said residents expressed hope that the Syrian army would retake eastern Ghouta. Syrians say they can distinguish between Russian and Syrian planes because the Russian aircraft fly higher.

Spokesmen for Jaish al-Islam and Failaq a-Rahman, two major opposition factions in East Ghouta, denied that rebels were responsible for shelling civilians in government-held Damascus in conversations with Syria Direct on Wednesday.

Eastern Ghouta has for always been the major threat to the capital Damascus, with rebels, including al-Qaida-linked ones, launching several attacks to infiltrate the capital.

Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the government, said the bombing campaign "comes ahead of a vast operation on Ghouta, which may start on the ground at any moment".

Related News:

  • Venezuela Launches Official Cryptocurrency to Boost Its Economy

    Venezuela Launches Official Cryptocurrency to Boost Its Economy

    Theoretically, the petro is backed by Venezuela's reserves of precious metals like gold and crude oil. It has reportedly already drawn investment from Turkey , Qatar, and other Middle Eastern countries.
    Canada's Virtue/Moir win second Olympic gold in ice dance

    Canada's Virtue/Moir win second Olympic gold in ice dance

    Humphries of Calgary is trying to become the first bobsledder, male or female, to win Olympic gold three times in the same event. But we've known that ability around here for a long time - 20-plus years, really. "It's a really warm feeling".
    Buccaneers release RB Doug Martin after six seasons

    Buccaneers release RB Doug Martin after six seasons

    As a result of his resurgence, Martin inked a five-year, $35.75 million extension with the Bucs. There will likely be plenty of suitors for the 29-year-old running back.
  • Turkish, Syrian intelligence may cooperate for common purposes

    Turkish, Syrian intelligence may cooperate for common purposes

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday the Afrin crisis could be resolved through direct negotiations between Damascus and Ankara.
    Unemployment on the rise as wages continue to lag

    Unemployment on the rise as wages continue to lag

    Unemployment rates are calculated by people who are registered looking for work as a proportion of the working age population. Overall migration data have shown a drop in net migration from the bloc into the Britain since the "Brexit" vote.
    Iran, India sign documents to enhance bilateral ties

    Iran, India sign documents to enhance bilateral ties

    They stressed that terrorism can not and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or ethnic group. Modi and Rouhani also released a joint postage stamp depicting the Kandla port in India and the Chabahar port.
  • GM Proposes $2.8 Billion, 10-Year Investment in South Korea

    GM Proposes $2.8 Billion, 10-Year Investment in South Korea

    South Korea's trade minister said the government has also asked for an audit into GM's "opaque" management in the country. Engle has asked for a meeting on Thursday with the trade minister, trade minister Paik told lawmakers.
    More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

    More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

    He told newsmen that, "this has brought down the 94 missing students recorded at yesterday's headcount to 48 this morning". A source said security agents are after the terrorists, while the school authorities are taking a head count of students.
    Tiger Woods shoots second-round 76, misses cut at Genesis Open

    Tiger Woods shoots second-round 76, misses cut at Genesis Open

    I must have covered this event about a dozen times but there has never been a buzz like the one over the first two days. It will be just his 25th career missed cut on TOUR in 330 starts once the second round is finished early Saturday.
  • Jio plans Rs 10000 crore investment in Uttar Pradesh

    Jio plans Rs 10000 crore investment in Uttar Pradesh

    The two-day "Uttar Pradesh Investors" Summit 2018, ' aims at showcasing business and investment potential of the state. Government's One District-One Product policy has proven to be a game changer and will result in holistic development.
    Nasser Hussain urges England to play Ben Stokes against New Zealand

    Nasser Hussain urges England to play Ben Stokes against New Zealand

    New Zealand will now meet Australia , who are already into the final having beaten England twice and New Zealand twice. That means his white ball worldwide debut could come in Hamilton on Sunday (1am start United Kingdom time).
    West Brom players accused of stealing taxi in Spain

    West Brom players accused of stealing taxi in Spain

    THE West Brom stars who drove off in a taxi had told the cabbie to get them two burgers each, it was claimed yesterday. A source said: "Police have not accused them of taking the taxi with the intention of keeping it.


Most liked

Junior at peace with Daytona 17 yrs after Earnhardt's death
He won the race on the 17th annivaseary of Dale Earnhardt's death. "I have so many emotions going on right now", Wallace said. Watch enough Daytona races, you know that lead will disappear when trailing cars hook up in a draft and gain momentum.

United Kingdom won't be like 'Mad Max' after Brexit, minister says
He also intends to urge for a maintained strong partnership with the United Kingdom and the European Union on matters that involve principles and laws.

PM Modi lays foundation stone of Navi Mumbai Airport
Presently, there are 450 aircraft operating in the country, but that number will more than triple in the next few years. He said, the government is focusing on the aviation sector with the aim to make air travel affordable for common man.

Ways Black Panther RESHAPED the Marvel Cinematic Universe
With the release of " Black Panther ", Matt, Deppe, & Ben Casey talk about Marvel Studios' slate of 2018 releases. The tentpole, starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Ryan Coogler , has blown past its original tracking.

Russia Is Laughing At the US President And the United States
The unity in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has become unstable and the U.S.is losing ground and trust in those nations. Trump tweeted on Monday evening.

Police name PM Benjamin Netanyahu associates in Israeli corruption probe
Sara Netanyahu was under investigation at the time for a range of alleged offenses in the Prime Minister's Residence Affair. He is accused of receiving lavish gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.

Prime Members Now Earn 5% Cash Back at Whole Foods
All the cardholders get back 2% on restaurants, gas stations and drugstores while 1% for all other purchases, notes TechCrunch. Amazon has steadily introduced various cross-selling opportunities between its empire and Whole Foods.

Airline agent named Miracle credited with saving 2 teens from human trafficking
Sanderson asserts that Drey probably used photos of a different person and that the case would likely not be persecuted. Deputies reunited the girls with their parents and explained they were likely victims of attempted sex trafficking.

Anti-vaxxers might be responsible for explosion of measles in Europe
More than 20,000 cases of measles, for which there is no specific medication, were documented in Europe during 2017. In Europe, 21,000 cases of the illness were reported , with 5,000 in Romania, Italy and Ukraine.

Justice Thomas delivers pro-gun rant just days after the Parkland shooting
The challengers specifically questioned the state's interest in the cooling off period for individuals who already owned firearms. According to court documents, California's "cooling off" period is the second-longest in the country, The Hill reported.

U.S. vows investigation into deadly Syria attack involving Russian mercenaries
But the presence of the Russian contractors adds an element of unpredictability. Most are Russian citizens, though some have Ukrainian and Serbian passports.

The Nuclear Deal Made Incursion of Iranian Drone into Israel Possible
He added, in a reference to the nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran: "We can stop this unsafe regime". Zarif suggested Netanyahu was deliberately raising tensions as a way to distract from his troubles at home.

Presidents Day 2018: Alabama holiday snubs Lincoln
As for President Trump, he is spending at least part of the day at his Florida golf course, according to national reports. All of the Monday holidays fall on the Monday nearest the actual date, except one: Washington's Birthday .

Karnataka Youth Congress leader Mohammad Harris Nalapad surrenders after 36 hours
The victim was at one of the posh restaurants in UB City when Nalapad entered with his aides at around 11:30 pm, PTI reported. Nalapad and his friends allegedly attacked Vidvat, 24, at Fergy Cafe in the upscale UB City Mall following an argument.

Russian men's hockey squad trounces U.S. 4-0 in Pyeongchang
The Russian win was the largest margin of victory in an Olympic men's hockey tournament since Canada beat Austria 6-0 in 2014. The U.S. spent the rest of the second period unable to convert on a delayed-penalty chance and a couple of power plays.