Syrian Army Repels 3 Attacks on E Ghouta Humanitarian Corridor — Russian Military

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It called for weekly humanitarian aid deliveries in addition to medical evacuations.

"Since it was adopted, it did not get better - it got worse", he said. Eastern Ghouta has been under siege by government forces since 2013. The latest escalation of violence there is one of the deadliest of the seven-year Syrian war.

Civilians in Syria's Eastern Ghouta have continued to shun Russia's offer to quit the besieged enclave, as rebels and Moscow blamed each other for the humanitarian deadlock.

Later on Thursday, Maj.

Kelley Currie, the U.S. ambassador for economic and social affairs, accused the Syrian regime of violating the ceasefire, while Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said it was the rebels who were in violation of it.

In the ensuing clashes of a crowd of protesters with militants, "desperate local residents killed three gunmen", he said.

"Shells even crash into the grounds of the Russian embassy and the economic mission".

The European Union´s top diplomat has written to the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey urging them to uphold a ceasefire in eastern Ghouta and allow aid into besieged areas.

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Ghanem Tayara, chairman of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM) working in Syria, said some 1,123 patients needed evacuation from eastern Ghouta, where two hospitals had been bombed since Saturday's resolution.

No civilians were killed during the ceasefire period, the monitoring group said, but at least eight civilians, including a child and a White Helmet rescue volunteer, were killed in airstrikes and shelling before and after the designated ceasefire period.

Nebenzia said what is needed above all in eastern Ghouta is "to effectively neutralize" the Nusra Front, calling for cooperation to get rid of the extremist group. He said some mortar strikes came from groups designated as terrorist organizations by the United Nations.

"Iran will continue to support the Syrian government".

The Observatory said regime forces had made limited advances in Ghouta's Shaifuniyeh and Hosh al-Zawahira districts.

A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings in the rebel-held town of Hamouria.

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

But the measure did not taken effect, with Moscow and Damascus saying they were battling members of terrorist groups excluded from the truce.

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The TV presenter said government fliers have been dropped in eastern Ghouta indicating to civilians the route to the corridor and how to proceed if they want to leave the area. "We can not do it alone. So any type of feeling that the U.N.is frustrated: Forget it", he said.

Russian Federation reported that nine Damascus residents had been injured by militant shelling over the past 24 hours.

"The conditions are still very bad", said Ghouta opposition activist Anas al-Dimashqi adding that five missiles hit near his house Thursday morning, inflicting casualties and damage.

The limited pause came after a U.N. Security Council resolution that called for a nationwide 30-day cease-fire that failed to take hold.

Syrian civil defense volunteers pull out the body of a victim as they search for survivors from beneath a collapsed building following reported bombardment in Haza, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on February 26, 2018.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Thursday reiterated Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' call for "a full and immediate implementation" of the Security Council resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire.

Keaten reported from Geneva.

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