Syrians flee regime forces advances in eastern Ghouta
March 04 2018 01:10 PM
A bandaged Syrian child sits on a bed next to another child after receiving medical attention at a m
A bandaged Syrian child sits on a bed next to another child after receiving medical attention at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, following reported regime bombardment yesterday.

Reuters /Beirut

Advances by Syrian government forces into rebel-held eastern Ghouta are causing many people to flee, a pro-Syrian opposition television station and a witness in the enclave said on Sunday.

Orient TV said advances by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had triggered wide scale displacement.
The witness said people had fled areas where government forces had seized ground at the eastern periphery of the rebel enclave, and were seeking shelter in areas in the heart of the eastern Ghouta.

UN aid convoy not going to Ghouta

A humanitarian convoy carrying life-saving supplies from UN and other aid agencies will not enter the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta as planned on Sunday, a UN official in Syria told Reuters.
"The convoy to east Ghouta is not able to proceed today," the official said, adding that the UN and its humanitarian partners "remain on standby to deliver desperately needed assistance as soon as conditions allow". The convoy of some 40 trucks had been due to go to Douma in the government-besieged enclave near Damascus, where some 400,000 people need food, medical and other supplies, the UN says. Only one small convoy with supplies for 7,200 people has been allowed to Ghouta so far this year, in mid-February. 



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