Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Red Cross Says Violence Halts Aid Delivery To Syria's Ghouta

Red Cross Says Violence Halts Aid Delivery To Syria's Ghouta

Earlier in the day, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) noted that 30 children have been killed by Turkish shelling in the Syrian region of Afrin, within the framework of Ankara's military operation against Kurdish forces in the Syrian region.

The ministry said in a statement Tuesday that 33 passengers and six crew members were killed when the An-26 crashed just 500 meters (1,600 feet) from the runway.

Their latest report, which covers the six months that ended January 15, states that "victims of the Syrian conflict have suffered greatly as violence countrywide re-escalated to new heights".

The Russian Defense Ministry said militants could leave with their families and personal weapons through a secure corridor out of eastern Ghouta, where government forces are making rapid gains in a fierce assault.

The UN said that it planned to send another aid convoy to eastern Ghouta on Thursday, after 14 of 46 trucks were unable to fully unload on Monday due to shelling on the town of Douma.

Russian Federation meanwhile offered a safe passage to militants holed up in eastern Ghouta.

In remarks broadcast on state television on Sunday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his forces would push on.

More than 340,000 people have been killed and millions driven from their homes in Syria's seven-year war, with no diplomatic solution in sight.

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The Syrian government, through the SANA state news agency, denied using chemical weapons in its eastern Ghouta offensive.

The convoy that reached Douma on Monday carried only a fraction of the relief needed for the estimated 400,000 people trapped under the government's siege.

At least 19 people were killed in the town of Hammuriyeh on Monday, the Observatory said.

Turkey controls a swath of territory revolving around the town of al-Rai, al-Bab and Jarablus - a border zone that Turkey and Turkey-backed rebels took from the Islamic State group in 2016.

"Assad, along with his supporters in Moscow and Tehran must adhere 2401 resolution of the United Nations security Council, to stop the fighting in Eastern ghouta and around it to allow the unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid almost 400 thousands of innocent civilians caught in a critical situation", - said in a statement the American administration.

The International Committee for the Red Cross says it was forced to halt aid delivery to the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus the previous day after the security situation deteriorated while aid workers were on the ground.

Monday's aid shipment was the first to enter eastern Ghouta amid weeks of a crippling siege and a government assault that has killed close to 800 civilians since February 18.

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