United States Blasts Russia Over Strikes On Syria Rebel

A boy watches as an aid convoy of Syrian Arab Red Crescent drives through the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta on Monday

"We have received instructions from the army command to lift the siege off our people in eastern Ghouta", the colonel said in a broadcast near the town of Mesraba.

Capturing Mesraba would be a major step towards severing the northern half of the Ghouta, including its biggest town, Douma, from the southern part.

A rare humanitarian aid convoy made it to eastern Ghouta on Monday but was forced to cut short its mission amid severe bombardment by the government.

At least 24 civilians were killed on Tuesday, according to the Observatory, a Britain-based monitor. Another aid convoy is to enter eastern Ghouta on Thursday, but Laerke said security measures must be guaranteed for this to happen. "The Security Council needs to find a solution to stop the daily bloodbath as this is the Council's responsibility and even if Russian Federation was the one bearing the greatest political and moral iniquity, it remains everyone's responsibility along with Russian Federation".

Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, has offered rebel fighters safe passage out with their families and personal weapons.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says 800 civilians have been killed by government bombing and shelling.

The Kurdish SDF forces will pull out from the front lines against the so-called Islamic State in Deir Ezzor province to the enclave of Afrin, where the Kurdish YPG militia is battling Turkish troops and allied rebels, the SDF said at a news conference.

"The situation in Eastern Ghouta in the context of implementation of UN Security Council's resolution 2401 was discussed".

Yevtushenko said that despite the complicated security situation, the Russian Center for Reconciliation ensured the delivery of aid by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to the city of Duma. So far rebels have dismissed it in public.

"The factions of Ghouta and their fighters and its people are holding onto their land and will defend it", Hamza Birqdar of Jaish al-Islam told Reuters in a text message sent overnight. "God willing, very, very, very soon... they will return to the state's embrace", he said.

"Information gathered by the commission does not support the claim that 30 ISIL fighters were in the school at the time of the strike, nor that the school was otherwise being used by ISIL", the report said, using another acronym for IS.

In total more than 780 civilians - including 170 children - have been killed in Eastern Ghouta since 18 February.

According to the report, Syrian-Russian alliance forces have killed 329 civilians, including 57 children and 29 women (adult female).

A military analyst said that if the army men free al-Reihan, they will open their path to the Eastern direction of the key town Douma after years of terrorists' occupation.

He told reporters Wednesday before heading into a closed Security Council meeting to discuss the failure of the cease-fire resolution adopted unanimously on February 24 that "we see minimal signs from the Syrian authorities to implement the resolution".

"Right now there is a huge escalation in Ghouta".

Russian Federation and Syria have claimed that rebels are holding civilians captive in eastern Ghouta to serve as human shields, while rebel groups say civilians fear conscription or arrest if they enter regime territory.

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