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Syria: UN condemns mounting civilian deaths in E.Ghouta

January 10, 2018 at 6:26 pm

Civil defence crews and civilians conduct a search and rescue after the Assad Regime carried out an air strike in Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus, on 2 December 2017 [Qusay Noor / Anadolu Agency]

UN’s top human rights official condemned Wednesday a recent escalation in airstrikes and ground attacks by regime forces and their allies which killed almost 100 people within the past 10 days in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta.

“Since 31 December, at least 85 civilians, including 21 women and 30 children, have been killed and at least 183 injured in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, according to information gathered by the UN Human Rights Office,” UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, said in a statement.

At least two medical facilities were hit by airstrikes during this period, killing one medical worker and putting one facility out of action,

he added.

Al-Hussein said efforts to evacuate urgent medical cases from Eastern Ghouta were failing, reminding the regime of its obligations under the international humanitarian law.

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He also expressed “grave concern” about the situation of an estimated two million people in Idlib, which saw an increase in the clashes.

Both Syria’s Eastern Ghouta and Idlib have been considered de-escalation areas brokered in May 2017 under the Astana process by Russia, Turkey and Iran, with the aim to put an end to violence and improve the humanitarian situation.