Eastern Ghouta - updates

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UN warns against letting Syria crisis 'spiral' out of control

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

With the UN Security Council failing thus far to find a diplomatic solution, Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns that time is running out

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

U.S. takes aim at Russia over alleged Syria chemical attack

Apr 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The US State Department says Russia, 'with its unwavering support' for the Syrian regime, would be ultimately responsible

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Fresh raids pound Syria's rebel Douma after talks falter

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are accused of using 'poisonous chlorine gas,' but state media says these allegations are rebel 'fabrications'

'Final evacuation deal reached' for Syria's Ghouta

Apr 01, 2018 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) The retaking of Eastern Ghouta would mark a major milestone in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's efforts to regain control of territory seized by rebel factions

Syria's army vows to finish off last Ghouta rebels

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:12 AM

The announcement comes shortly after state media said a penultimate pocket of Eastern Ghouta was 'empty of terrorism'

EASTERN GHOUTA. Syrian government forces' infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and trucks drive past damaged buildings down a street in the Eastern Ghouta town of Hazzeh on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 28, 2018, in the direction of the rebel-held town of Douma. Photo by Stringer/AFP

Biggest convoy yet evacuates Syria's ruined Ghouta

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Negotiations have stalled and Russia is reverting to its initial 'leave or die' approach, two opposition sources close to the negotiations say

First rebels leave Syria enclave under Russian-brokered deal

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:06 AM

(UPDATED) It comes as a spokesman for the Faylaq al-Rahman rebel group in the southern rebel pocket of Ghouta announces that 'agreement has been reached for a ceasefire, through the auspices of the United Nations'

EVACUATION. Syrian civilians gather outside a vehicle during an evacuation by the Syrian Red Crescent in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 22, 2018, on their way to the government controlled Wafidin crossing. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Syria regime enters key rebel-held Ghouta town – monitor

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:33 PM

More than 1,220 civilians have been killed in Eastern Ghouta since February 18

SOLDIERS. Syrian government forces brandish their weapons while standing on an armoured personnel carrier after entering al-Shifoniya as they advance in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area on March 4, 2018. File photo by AFP

Syria army cuts off main town in Ghouta rebel enclave

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:49 PM

Meanwhile, Ankara-backed rebels advance against the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria

Syria regime pummels besieged Eastern Ghouta

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:01 AM

More than 930 civilians have been killed in the nearly 3-week assault on the last rebel enclave outside the capital, where dozens suffered overnight from a suspected chlorine attack

SYRIA. Members of the Syrian government forces occupy a lookout position on the front-line with the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave near its southern town of Jisreen on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 8, 2018. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

France, Britain request emergency UN meeting on Syria

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:23 PM

The council is expected to meet on Wednesday to discuss the air strikes and clashes in the Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta that have continued despite a ceasefire demanded by the top UN body 10 days ago

EASTERN GHOUTA. A general view shows several destroyed buildings in Douma, in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus on March 5, 2018. Photo by Amer Almohibany /AFP

Syria's Assad says Ghouta campaign must go on

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's remarks come as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime air strikes on Eastern Ghouta killed 34 civilians including 11 children on Sunday

SOLDIERS. Syrian government forces brandish their weapons while standing on an armoured personnel carrier after entering al-Shifoniya as they advance in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area on March 4, 2018. Photo by AFP

Regime forces advance in Syria's battered E. Ghouta, says monitor

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:22 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 'Russian advisors' are taking part in the battles alongside regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, backed by heavy air strikes and shelling

DAMAGED. A picture taken on March 2, 2018 shows a Syrian youth looking through a balcony from a severely damaged building at the exposed painted walls of rooms that were hit by shelling in the rebel-held besieged town of Ayn Tarma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Aid convoy blocked in Syria despite UN ceasefire order – official

Mar 01, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Mark Lowcock, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, says there has been no change in the situation around the rebel-held enclave in the Damascus suburbs despite a ceasefire resolution

STRIKE. Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. File photo by Anmar Suleiman/AFP

Fresh violence mars first day of Syria enclave 'truce'

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:01 AM

The first day of a 5-hour daily 'pause' that was ordered by President Vladimir Putin Sunday and kicked off at 9 am local time (0700 GMT) is marred by violence

BOMBARDED. A picture taken on February 27, 2018, shows smoke plumes rising during reported regime bombardment Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP

Pummeled civilians in Syria enclave await Russia's first daily truce

Feb 27, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Russia says it will organize a daily 5 hour pause in the fighting to allow civilians to escape through 'humanitarian corridors'

TARGET. Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardments on Kafr Batna, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 22, 2018. Amer Almohibany/AFP

Strikes, clashes rock Syria's Ghouta despite ceasefire call

Feb 26, 2018 - 7:10 AM

Fresh regime air strikes and heavy clashes shake rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war

VICTIMS. Doctors tend to ten-year-old Omar who was injured in an air strike that killed several members of his family on their home in Otaybah, in Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, as his father and 7-year-old sister, Manar, watch on at a make-shift hospital on February 25, 2018. Amer Almohibany/AFP

Death toll in Syria enclave tops 500 after UN delays truce vote

Feb 24, 2018 - 6:27 PM

(UPDATED) At least 29 civilians have been killed in fresh strikes on Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

FRESH STRIKES. Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

5-day assault on Syria enclave kills more than 400

Feb 23, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Mounting calls for a humanitarian truce in one of the bloodiest episodes of Syria's 7-year conflict fail to stop 46 more people being killed by air strikes and rocket fire

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. File photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

UN bid for Syria ceasefire falters as Russia says no deal

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:32 AM

During a council meeting called by Russia, Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia presents a new raft of amendments to a draft resolution that would allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations during the pause

UNSC ON SYRIA. Russia tells the UN Security Council that there is still no agreement on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

Pressure mounts to relieve 'hell on earth' in Syria enclave

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:56 PM

International pressure mounts to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs

VICTIMS. Wounded Syrian children receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 21, 2018. Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Syria, Russia pound rebel enclave, put clinic out of service

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:34 PM

At least 250 civilians have been killed since the escalation began on Sunday, February 18, among them dozens of children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

UNDER ASSAULT. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Nearly 200 dead in Syria enclave as UN warns situation 'out of control'

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) At least 194 civilians have been killed, among them 57 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

SYRIA RAIDS. A man weeps over his child at a make-shift morgue in Douma who was killed in air strikes on the Syrian village of Mesraba in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:34 PM

(UPDATED) The escalation comes as pro-government forces are also expected to enter the northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, to take a stand against a month-old Turkish assault there

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

UN Security Council considers demanding 30-day Syria truce

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Diplomats say it remained unclear whether Russia would resort to its veto to block the draft resolution proposing the ceasefire

UNSC ON SYRIA. The United Nations Security Council is considering a measure to impose a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

Death toll tops 220 in 4-day regime assault on Syria rebel enclave

Feb 09, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Violence has also flared in eastern Syria on Thursday, February 8, where the US-led coalition says it has killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its Kurdish allies

SYRIA. A wounded man is helped out of the destruction following air strikes in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on February 8, 2018. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

U.S., Russia clash at UN over Syria chlorine attacks

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:43 AM

The United States and Russia clash at the UN Security Council over a push by Washington to condemn reported chlorine gas attacks in Syria that have left many injured in recent days

SURVIVORS. A Syrian boy holds an oxygen mask over the face of an infant at a make-shift hospital following a reported gas attack on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on January 22, 2018. Hasan Mohamed/AFP

23 civilians killed in Syria, most in Russian air strikes – monitor

Jan 04, 2018 - 8:35 AM

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 18 people are killed by Russian strikes in the town of Misraba, while the remainder die in shelling from government forces

Medical evacuations begin from besieged Syria rebel bastion

Dec 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Red Crescent official Ahmed al-Saour says 29 seriously ill people were due to be evacuated

EVACUATE. Syrian staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross take part in an evacuation operation in Douma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on December 26, 2017. Photo by ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP

Aid enters besieged Syria region hit by hunger crisis

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:59 AM

Eastern Ghouta was once a prime agricultural region, but the rebel stronghold has been under a tight government siege since 2013, causing shortages of food and medicine

SCRAMBLE FOR HELP. A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent tries to organize Syrians waiting to be seen by a doctor at a hospital in Kafr Batna on October 30, 2017, after a convoy carrying aid for some 40,000 people entered the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria's capital Damascus. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Syria army announces halt in fighting in parts of Ghouta

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:59 PM

The army will retaliate in a suitable manner to any violation of the ceasefire without them specifying what areas are included

Russia agrees on safe zone mechanism with Syrian rebels

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:24 PM

Agreements have been signed on how the Eastern Ghouta de escalation zone will function says Russia s defense ministry

IN SHAMBLES. Syrians walk past a damaged building in Ain Tarma, in the eastern Ghouta area, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus on June 21, 2017. Msallam Abdalbaset/AFP

43 civilians dead in bombardment of Syria rebel-held areas – monitor

Jul 21, 2016 - 10:14 PM

Opposition held neighborhoods of Aleppo are effectively under siege having been under fire for the past two weeks after government forces advance to within firing range of the only remaining supply route into the east of the city

Syria army lets civilians escape siege – state media

Dec 30, 2014 - 8:24 PM

Syrian army units gave safe passage to dozens of families from Douma and Zibdin in Eastern Ghouta says state news agency SANA

ARMY. Syrian youths take part in their last training on December 8, 2014 before being sent to the frontline along with rebel fighters from the Jaysh al-Islam brigades (Army of Islam) in Eastern al-Ghouta, a rebel-held region outside the capital Damascus. Photo by And Doumany/AFP