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ICRC Calls for Moderation, Access to Injured in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

22 February 2018, 12:45 | Katrina Lee

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Eastern Ghouta resident'Missiles are dropping like rain

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Eastern Ghouta resident'Missiles are dropping like rain

Separately, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres voiced alarm at the situation in Eastern Ghouta and called on all sides to the conflict uphold the basic principles of humanitarian law. Another 1,200 people have been injured in the bombardment, the Observatory said.

Over 190 civilians have been killed, hundreds of others were injured by intensified Syrian regime attacks in the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Ghouta since Monday.

Sergey Ryabkov said that Russian Federation is working within the UN Security Council to prepare a resolution on humanitarian issues in Syria's Eastern Ghouta.

Such tactics appear to flout worldwide law but Russia, Syria's ally, has vetoed 11 U.N. Security Council resolutions criticising its handling of the war.

"There has been quite a dramatic increase in mortar strikes on civilian areas" of government-held Damascus, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) spokeswoman Linda Tom told Syria Direct from the Syrian capital on Wednesday.

Eastern Ghouta is not unfamiliar with airstrikes like this. Russian Federation must end its support of the Assad regime and its allies.

The Syrian military says it is trying to liberate the area from terrorists - but it has also been accused of targeting civilians.

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The United Nations has been pleading with the Syrian government for months to arrange the evacuation of hundreds of seriously ill patients among the population of nearly 400,000.

Mr Guterres told the UN Security Council that "this is a human tragedy that is unfolding in front of our eyes and I don't think we can let things go on in this horrendous way".

Some Syrians feared more violence Tuesday after government forces bombarded East Ghouta over a two-day period, killing more than 150 civilians. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh People sit a medical point in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 20, 2018.

"The horrors of east Aleppo are being repeated in east Ghouta with the ongoing slaughter of trapped civilians and woefully inadequate access for humanitarian actors", she said.

Moscow did not comment on the renewed bombing in eastern Ghouta on Tuesday.

Dujarric also noted that five hospitals had been hit by airstrikes in the area, leaving over 700 individuals requiring immediate medical evacuation from eastern Ghouta.

Over the last two weeks Mr Assad has stepped up the military campaign, despite the fact Ghouta is one of four supposed de-escalation zones created in a May 2017 agreement brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran to quell fighting between rebel forces and the regime.

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