Étiqueté : Ghouta

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Rebels retreat in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta as thousands wing

Thousands of Syrians are fleeing a government-led offensive on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus as President Bashar al-Assad vowed the fight would continue until the « embrace of terrorism » was eradicated. Syrian government forces have seized roughly one-quarter of the territory in recent days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. Backed…

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UN: Battle crimes likely dedicated in Syria’s Japanese Ghouta

The UN’s human rights chief has warned that strikes on Syria’s Eastern Ghouta probably amount to « war crimes » and that those behind the targeting of civilians will be held to account. « I must emphasise that what we are seeing, in Eastern Ghouta and elsewhere in Syria, are likely war crimes, and potentially crimes against humanity, »…

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Satellite tv for laptop photos point to destruction in Japanese Ghouta

Gaziantep, Turkey – Al Jazeera has obtained satellite imagery from areas inside Eastern Ghouta, showing the destruction continuous government bombardment has caused. The Damascus suburb has been targeted by relentless attacks since the Syrian government, aided by Russia, launched an air offensive on the largely rural area outside the capital on February 18. The comparative…

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Russia-subsidized truce begins in Syria’s Jap Ghouta

A five-hour « humanitarian pause » called by Russia has come into effect in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta to allow civilians to evacuate the area that has been under continuous aerial bombardment. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had ordered a truce from 9am-2pm (7:00-12:00 GMT) on Tuesday, as air strikes and ground operations killed more than 550 civilians in…

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Jap Ghouta: What goes on and why

Nearly 400,000 civilians are trapped as Syria’s government and its allies pound the besieged Eastern Ghouta district, a suburb of Damascus, with air raids and artillery. Ground forces have been deployed in an effort to remove the rebels who have controlled the enclave for five years.  Here is what is happening – and why: What is…

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‘Hell on earth’ in Eastern Ghouta need to cease: UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an immediate implementation of a Security Council resolution for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, Guterres described the situation in Eastern Ghouta as « hell on earth », as Syrian government forces continue an aerial bombardment campaign in the rebel-held enclave.…

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Syria battle: ‘Gas attack’ kills runt one in Jap Ghouta

Health officials in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta are accusing Syrian government forces of using poisonous gas in their aerial bombardment campaign in the Damascus suburb. Syria’s Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, said on Sunday that women and children in the town of Al-Shifoniyah were experiencing difficulty breathing. At least one child…

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Syrian forces originate up new offensive in Eastern Ghouta

Syrian government forces have launched a ground and air offensive in Eastern Ghouta, witnesses said, hours after the UN Security Council voted unanimously in favour of a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces began fighting opposition groups from multiple fronts in the rebel enclave near Damascus, while Syrian warplanes…

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‘Continue to exist or die collectively’: Bigger than 4 hundred killed in Japanese Ghouta

More than 400 people have been killed in Eastern Ghouta, a monitoring group said, on the fifth day of the continuing onslaught of aerial bombardment by Syrian government forces backed by Russian warplanes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 403 people were killed in the « hysterical attack » that began on Sunday, including…

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A total bunch killed in ‘relentless’ bombing of East Ghouta

Syrian forces backed by Russian warplanes have continued to hit the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, with at least 27 killed on Wednesday, bringing the number of civilian deaths to more than 270 – including 60 children – over the past three days. The civilians who lost their lives on Wednesday morning were in the town…