84 patients are top priority for evacuation from Syria's Ghouta

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The British draft reiterates calls for immediate humanitarian access to Eastern Ghouta, where a controversial truce unilaterally declared by Damascus-ally Russian Federation has failed to produce a breakthrough.

"Moreover, the humanitarian agencies have made it very clear that it is impossible to deliver aid during a five-hour window as it can take up to one day to simply pass checkpoints", he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered a five-hour daily humanitarian pause to allow civilians to exit the region.

The UN resolution excludes some militant groups which Damascus says its forces have been battling in Eastern Ghouta.

"Eastern Ghouta can not wait".

The US State Department on Thursday dismissed Russia's humanitarian ceasefire plan as "a joke", saying people were afraid to leave the area through a "humanitarian corridor" because of fear of conscription, exile or death.

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The accord of the Russian proposal for a five-hours ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta is "a joke", State Department spokesperson said Thursday.

Also, Jan Egeland, the UN Humanitarian Envoy for Syria, said Russia's unilateral daily five-hour pauses fall far short of the country-wide 30-day truce that the UN Security Council demands.

The analysis appeared to reflect the ferocious fighting that has occurred in the suburb over the past month.

Wednesday's ground assault targeted the Hawsh al-Dawahra area at the eastern edge of the rebel-held area.

Syria's government may allow an aid convoy with supplies for 180,000 people to go to the town of Douma in eastern Ghouta on Sunday, the Middle East director of the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said earlier on Friday.

The envoy, Staffan de Mistura, says: "We can not afford to have the luxury of giving up".

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"We can not afford to have the luxury of giving up". On Sunday the Turkish government said the proposed United Nations ceasefire would not affect its operation, which it claims is aimed at fighting "terrorist organisations that threaten the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria".

Peter Salama, Executive Director of the Health Emergencies Programme at the World Health Organization, attends an interview with Reuters in Geneva Thomson Reuters GENEVA (Reuters) - Eight-four patients including children in eastern Ghouta are the top priority for medical evacuations among 1,000 sick and wounded needing treatment in the besieged Syrian enclave, a senior World Health Organization official told Reuters on Friday.

He added: "Otherwise, this becomes a copycat of Aleppo".

"When the Russians put their mechanism forward that's a non-starter and so that's why we're coming back out with another one", Haley told Reuters.

Siraj Mahmoud, a spokesman for the Civil Defence rescue service, which is funded by Western governments and operates in rebel areas, said artillery and air strikes had hit the region.

The debate would be followed by a vote Friday on a draft resolution circulated by Britain that expresses support for a U.N. Security Council resolution passed over the weekend seeking a 30-day cease-fire, which hasn't yet been honored.

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"The failed ceasefire called into question Russia's commitment to de-escalate violence and negotiate a political solution", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

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