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Over 1000 children killed or wounded in Syria this year

08 March 2018, 01:32 | Bernice Figueroa

Death toll hits 800 after strikes hit Syria's battered Ghouta

France, UK requests emergency meeting of UNSC on Syria

In Geneva, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein denounced what he said were attempts by Syria's government to justify indiscriminate, brutal attacks on hundreds of thousands of civilians by the need to combat a few hundred fighters in eastern Ghouta, calling it "legally and morally unsustainable".

Fresh air strikes batter several key towns despite the daily "pause" announced by Russian Federation. Almost half of the food carried on the convoy which had been approved by the Syrian government could not be delivered and part of the medical and health supplies were removed from trucks by Syrian authorities, the United Nations said.

At least 30 people in Syria's Eastern Ghouta have been treated after suffering symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas, the Syrian Civil Defence reported.

Russian investigators have been dispatched to Syria to look into the incident, the AP said, citing the Interfax news agency.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported 13 killed in Jindaris, including 2 children.

The announcement came one day after the Pentagon said that Turkey's operations in Afrin have led to an "operational pause" in the fight against ISIS.

Pro-government forces appeared to be approaching the central towns of Misraba and Mudayrah from the east, potentially splitting the enclave in two.

Eastern Ghouta has been used for artillery strikes against Damascus, and at times, outright infiltration into the capital.

Separately, an unnamed Syrian army colonel told state-run television network that Eastern Ghouta residents would return to the "state's embrace" very soon.

Almost half of the food carried on the 46-truck convoy which had been approved by the Syrian government could not be delivered and part of the medical and health supplies were removed from trucks by Syrian authorities, the United Nations said. It includes 5,500 food and flour bags enough for 27,500 people, in addition to wheat flour, medical and surgical items.

At the United Nations, key regime backer Russian Federation presses for a negotiated withdrawal of rebel fighters and their families, like the one that saw the government retake full control of Aleppo in December 2016.

In Syria, the government has sent reinforcements to Eastern Ghouta, tightening the siege around the rebel-held enclave.

Medical supplies were removed from Monday's convoy while it was still being loaded, Za'atari wrote.

It says some life-saving health supplies were not allowed to be loaded.

At least 800 civilians have been killed since the offensive started February 18, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights monitoring group.

They added that it was the eighth suspected chlorine attack on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in the past two months. There were 14 abstentions.

Moscow's initiative has fallen short of the UN Security Council's demand more than a week ago for an immediate ceasefire for Eastern Ghouta.

The council met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the failed truce, after France and Britain requested urgent talks.

Assad has steadily recovered rebel-held areas in western Syria since Russian Federation intervened directly on his side in 2015.

Syrian troops and allied militia fighters supporting the operation have faced limited resistance so far from the Islamist and jihadist groups who had been controlling Eastern Ghouta.

The situation in besieged eastern Ghouta is dire and deteriorating.

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