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Regardless of UNSC’ call for ceasefire, Assad’s forces launch land, air offensive on besieged area

By INS Correspondent , in World , at February 26, 2018

Syria: Hours after UN Security Council voted unanimously in favour of a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, a ground and air offensive on Eastern Ghouta was launched by Syrian Government forces, Aljazeera reported.

Bashar Al Assad’s forces began fighting rebels on multiple fronts in the rebel-held areas near Damascus, while Syrian warplanes continued to rain bombs on besieged area for the eighth consecutive day, on Sunday morning.

Russian-backed Syrian forces launched Air raids and artillery fire on Ghouta, home to some 400,000 people, leading to a humanitarian crisis in the besieged enclave.

Aljazeera Qouted Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), that more than 500 civilians have been killed due to aerial bombardment campaign that began on February 18.

“It is worth noting that before this [ground offensive] began, there has been relentless bombardment in many of the places in Eastern Ghouta, where those rebel defence lines were,” Bin Javaid was quoted by Aljazeera.

Eastern Ghouta is the last remaining rebel-held area east of Damascus and has been under siege by Assad’s forces since 2013, in an attempt to drive rebel forces out.

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