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Syria: Regime siege kills more babies in Eastern Ghouta

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Assad regime siege on Eastern Ghouta region of Syrian capital Damascus has killed 227 babies this year, according to data from local hospitals, according to Anadolu Agency. 

The new toll takes to 527 the number of babies who died of malnutrition caused by the regime blockade in the region since 2014. 

A main opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has been under siege by regime forces since December 2012. 

The attacks and blockade have left the area’s 400,000 residents struggling with malnutrition and all healthcare facilities non-operational. 

According to data from local hospitals, only 15 babies breathed their last in Eastern Ghouta in 2014. The death toll of babies, however, jumped to 112 in 2015 and to 173 a year later. 

Last month, Sehar Difda, a one-month old baby, was the last to have died of malnutrition in Eastern Ghouta.

According to activists, thousands of Syrian babies in Eastern Ghouta are at the risk of death as the Syrian regime tightened up its blockade in recent months, preventing residents from bringing in their daily needs through tunnels or intermediary merchants. 

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