Aid convoys leave Eastern Ghouta after delivering all shipment

Howard TerryMar 10, 2018

A convoy entered the town of Douma in Syria's besieged rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus on Friday and delivered the remaining aid that could not be offloaded earlier this week due to insecurity and fighting there, the Red Cross said.

There was a pause in the government's bombardment overnight, but it soon resumed air strikes and shelling of Douma after the convoy of 13 trucks carrying food parcels crossed into eastern Ghouta, according to residents and the Observatory.

On March 5, the United Nations failed to unload 14 out of 46 trucks bringing humanitarian aid to the besieged region due to escalating violence.

MSF said on Thursday the offensive had killed 1,005 people and injured at least 4,829.

Syrian state television today said a number of fighters and their families had begun to leave the besieged rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus.

Mohammed Alloush, the political chief of the Army of Islam rebel group, told The Associated Press that the convoy is inside Douma and that "they are being targeted by the regime although they have informed the Russians about their location".

The humanitarian medical group based its estimate off data from two-dozen medical facilities it supports.

The government forces advanced from the east and were only about a mile away from forces on the western side of eastern Ghouta.

"We came because of the intensity of the bombing", said Abu Mohammed, a 32-year-old famer who had left his cows, sheep and farm equipment to join thousands of others fleeing to Douma, further into the rebel enclave.

The Observatory reported heavy fighting on several fronts.

Damascus and its main ally Moscow have both said the assault is needed to stop rebel shelling of the nearby capital Damascus and end the rule of Islamist insurgents over civilians in eastern Ghouta.

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