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Over 1,000 need urgent medical evacuation from Ghouta: UN

Syrian army strikes kill 23 in Eastern Ghouta
More than 1,000 people, mostly women and children, are in urgent need of medical evacuations from the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta, the Daily Star quoted the United Nations as saying on Monday.

Rebel-held parts of Ghouta are under a crippling government siege that has made food and medicine difficult to access for its estimated 400,000 residents.

"There are more than 1,000 people who require medical evacuations. The majority of them are women and children," Linda Tom said, from the UN's humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) in Damascus.

According to numbers provided Monday by OCHA, they include more than 77 "priority cases".

Since Feb. 18, Syrian troops have been waging a fierce offensive on rebels in Eastern Ghouta, the last opposition bastion on the outskirts of Damascus.
Last Modified: Monday، 12 March 2018 07:09 PM
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