The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The bloodiest week, from the start of escalation to the Security Council’s truce, about 520 civilian casualties and more than 2500 wounded in the vicious attack on the Eastern Ghouta

Tens of missing people remain under the rubbles of destruction caused by the shelling and bombardment, medical capacity declines after the destruction of 10 centers, and tragic humanitarian conditions in the Eastern Ghouta

Rif Dimashq Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the warplanes and helicopters of Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Russian allies, as well as its artilleries and launchers have ended their first week of their vicious campaign on the besieged cities and towns of the eastern Ghouta, where once an air and ground onslaught ends another cruelest, violentst and bloodiest one begins, showing only the thirst for these murders and attackers, who did not spare a shell, bomb or bullet at all, and used them all in the war machines scattered all around the Eastern Ghouta, they were launched on this geographical area of Rif Dimashq, in which death roam by 3 killers; the hunger, the siege and the disease, to increase the number of killed people one day after the other, and over filling the hospitals and medical centers by injured and wounded people, while the rubble of the buildings are still embrace the bodies of citizens the shelling did not leave a chance for them to be recovered.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the continuation of killing, where the warplanes carried out 10 raids at least and targeted areas in Al-Shifonyyah town, coincided with the end of meeting of the UN Security Council on the Eastern Ghouta, while the numbers of casualties in the Eastern Ghouta have increased and rose to 519 citizens including 127 children and 75 women, the number of the civilian casualties who have been killed since Sunday evening the 18th of February 2018, and the casualties are: 41 citizens including 8 children under the age of eighteen, and 8 women were killed today by bombardment by warplanes on Harasta, Douma, Zamalka, Beit Sawa and Al-Shifonyyah, 43 citizens including 18 children and 4 women were killed on Friday, 73 citizens including 9 children and 8 citizen women who were killed on Thursday in bombardment by warplanes on areas in Mesraba and Aftries towns and Douma and Arbin cities, 85 citizens including 20 children and 12 women, were killed on Wednesday in bombardment by helicopters by explosive barrels on Kafr Batna town and airstrikes on Jesrin town and raids on Saqba, 133 citizens including 33 children and 17 women were killed on Tuesday, in the shelling on the areas of Nashabiyah, Otaya, Arbin, Zamalka Mesraba, Hamuriya, Saqba and Ash’ari, 127 citizens including 34 children and 23 women were killed on Monday, in the aerial and ground bombardment on Hamuriya, Beit Sawa and Saqba, Douma , Mesraba, Otaya, Nashabiyah, Zamalka, Aftries, KafrBatna, Al-Shifonyyah and Jesrin, 17 citizens including 5 children and 3 women were killed on the evening of Sunday, in aerial, missile and artillery bombardments on Saqba, Mesraba, Otaya and Ashari area, due to intensive aerial, artillery and rocket shelling by about 3940 raids, missiles, explosive barrels and shells, where the warplanes carried out about 629 airstrikes, while the regime’s helicopters dropped more than 232 explosive barrels, and the regime forces shelled the besieged Ghouta by more than 2065 missiles, in conjunction with shelling by about 1014 artillery shells.

And the renewed bombardment resulted in increasing the number of wounded to more than 2541 civilians, while there are tens of missing people under the rubble caused by the rocket, artillery and aerial shelling on the cities and town in the Eastern Ghouta, which may increase the death toll, in addition to the presence of a large number of injuries, some of them have serious injuries, amid inability of the medical staff to relieve all medical cases.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored that the bombardment of the warplanes and helicopters as well as the intensive shelling on the Eastern Ghouta, resulted in getting 10 hospitals and medical points out of service as a result of their targeting in Saqba, Douma, Beit Sawa, Jesrin, Arbin and other areas in the Eastern Ghouta, to decrease the ability of medical capacity even more, and crowd the places with the wounded who flock as a result of heavy and ongoing shelling by the regime forces, led by the Brigadier Suhail Al-Hassan.

This tragic medical reality comes with the absence of full sections in the Eastern Ghouta as a result of the lack of the specialists, where there is only one doctor for each of the specialties of vascular surgery and neurosurgery, while there are no doctors specialized in internal and heart diseases, while there is one doctor at least for gynecological diseases, who came from the east of the capital Damascus after the regime forces took the control of the neighborhoods of the east of Damascus, and after the only doctor specialized in gynecological diseases was killed during the fighting between Al-Rahman Corps and Jaysh Al-Islam in April 2016, and this tragic reality comes with the shortage of many medicines including antibiotics, antipyretics, and other medicines needed for emergency aid, also there is no place for resentment against the insanity and hysteria of the murderers of people of the besieged Ghouta, as there is no time today for its towns and cities except for death, where those who did not die by shelling would die by another way, and they are many, from a sniper bullet to shelling by mortar, artillery, tanks shells, rocket launchers, missiles believed to be ground-to-ground, to the airstrikes, a new killer, the death by explosive barrels, is added, thus, this new killer gave the chance unleashed the deadly trio in the Eastern Ghouta, to overdo in killing its people, increasing the suffering of the Eastern Ghouta and increasing its tragedy, and the cries of the residents reached the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights complaining the horror of the shelling, where one of them told the Syrian Observatory saying “those who were not killed by the regime’s missiles, the shells and raids by its warplanes as well as the Russian strikes…will be killed by hunger”, and the local and medic sources described the situation as catastrophic, where the shops were closed, and the shelling did not leave a save place for the citizens even in their homes, thus, hunger started to infiltrate to children, and the lack of food increased and doubled the suffering of the patients, after the successive destruction of medical points and hospitals in the eastern Ghouta, while the killing in Ghouta came after a long hunger and a prevention to enter food and medicine to this area, which has been besieged for years and which includes hundreds of thousands of citizens, thus, the siege, hunger, and disease were a deadly trio which is the alternative killer in the case of the absence of the shelling, increasing the tragedy of the citizens even more, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored today, Wednesday the 21st of February 2018, the closure of shops and the lack of food, in the crowd on this intensive shelling on the besieged Ghouta, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored during the past few weeks, a list of the prices of the main supplies needed at easy home, in which the price of a package of bread reaches about SP 1900 ( $ 5 ) the price of sugar is SP 2400 ( $ 6 ), the price of rice is SP 2600, the price of Bulgur is SP 2400, the price of wheat SP 1600, the price of a kilogram of flour reaches SP 3000, the price of salt reaches the same price of the flour, the price of the vegetable oil reaches SP 3500, the olive oil reaches double of the price of the vegetable oil, all of this came with the absence of the nature gas, while the other fuels of petrol and diesel fuel are presented at high prices, in which the price of a liter of petrol reaches SP 8000 which equals $ 21, while the price of the diesel fuel is SP 5000, and as a result of the lack of heating substances, the sale of firewood for heating appeared, in which the price of a kilogram of the firewood is SP 400, and the sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that some traders are able to bring foodstuffs, from time to time, through the checkpoints of the regime, but at first they have to pay taxes and bribes to the checkpoint, rated by SP 3000 for each kilogram, while the financial and alimentary conditions of some citizens dropped greatly, which led them to sell their land to people who are outside the Eastern Ghouta in return for sending them money for their living, while others sell their homes, and others head to the kitchens of the factions operating in the Eastern Ghouta, to get meals, while the rest depend on the aid of the relief organizations operating in the Eastern Ghouta.