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UN: Nearly 600 killed in Syria's eastern Ghouta since February

Death toll rises to 100 in Assad regime raids on Syria's Ghouta
Violence has escalated in eastern Ghouta, despite a UN ceasefire call a week ago, and the bombing of the besieged Syrian enclave represents a "simply unacceptable" punishment of civilians, CBC quoted the United Nations as saying on Sunday.
Nearly 600 people have been reported killed and more than 2,000 injured in air and ground-based strikes since Feb. 18, UN regional humanitarian co-ordinator Panos Moumtzis said, noting that mortar shells fired from the rebel-held enclave into the capital Damascus had killed and injured scores of civilians.
"Instead of a much needed reprieve, we continue to see more fighting, more death, and more disturbing reports of hunger and hospitals being bombed. This collective punishment of civilians is simply unacceptable," Moumtzis said in a statement.
The air and artillery bombardment of the eastern Ghouta has been continuing over the last two weeks as the Syrian government seeks to crush the last major rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus. It marks one of the most intense bombardments of the war entering its eight year.
Last Modified: Sunday، 04 March 2018 05:00 PM
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