المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

About 45 airstrikes target the south-western enclave of the Eastern Ghouta in conjunction with attacks by the regime forces on the area

Rif Dimashq Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: areas in the south-western sector of the Eastern Ghouta, are witnessing ongoing aerial and ground shelling since after the midnight of Wednesday – Thursday and until now, where the warplanes carried out about 13 raids on places in Zamalka city, while they targeted places in Ein Tarma town by about 10 raids, and places in Hazza town by other 10 raids, also the helicopters dropped 4 explosive barrels on Arbin city in conjunction with 6 raids targeted the city, while the regime forces shelled areas in Ein Tarma and other areas in the south-western sector, without information about casualties so far, while the violent clashes are continuing in the area of Ein Tarma Valley in the south-western sector of the Eastern Ghouta, between Al-Rahman Corps and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham against the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, in an attack by the regime forces in order to achieve further advancement into the area under a cover of firearm, and information about human losses in the ranks of the both parties, and Douma city in the northern sector of the Eastern Ghouta controlled by Jaysh Al-Islam, is witnessing calm that returned to prevail it.

In the same context, a preparation is taking place for evacuating the first batch of wounded and fighters and their families, within Harasta Agreement, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published last night, that it is expected tomorrow morning, Thursday the 22nd of March 2018, for the Harasta Agreement to take place, which provides for the exit of about 8000 persons from Harasta city towards the Syrian north, including hundreds of fighters and their families, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the arrival of Syrian Red Crescent vehicles, to oversee the implementation of the agreement and to transfer the injured and ill people from Harasta towards the Syrian north, and the preparations come in conjunction with the rise of civilian death toll in the Eastern Ghouta, where it rose to 1544, the number of the Syrian civilians whose death was documented by the Syrian Observatory in the Eastern Ghouta, including 316 children and 193 women, who have been killed since the 18th of February 2018, by the aerial, rocket and artillery shelling on the cities and towns of Douma, Harasta, Arbin, Zamalka, Hamouriyah, Jesrin, Kafr Batna, Hazza, Ash’ari, Nashabiyah, Aftries, Otaya, Al-Shifonyyah, Al-Marj area, Mesraba, Madyara, Beit Sawa, and other areas in the besieged Ghouta of Damascus, resulted in the injury of more than 5370 citizens including hundreds of children and citizen women with varying severity, some of them have permanent disabilities, while the bodies of tens of citizens are still under the rubble of destruction caused by the aerial, rocket and artillery shelling by the regime forces on the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, and the total death toll documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, includes 1012 casualties including 175 children and 110 women who were killed and documented by the SOHR after the resolution of the UNSC, which failed again to stop the killing of the people of the Eastern Ghouta, and the shelling resulted in the fall of hundreds of wounded, where the number of casualties may increase because of the presence of serious injuries.

And the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that the death toll is continuing to increase in the Eastern Ghouta, as a result of the violent clashes witnessed in Ghouta since the 25th of February 2018, the date of starting the regime’s violent ground attack on the area, and since then, the regime forces managed to take the control of about 83% of the factions’ controlled area in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, where it has increased to 292 at least, the number of the members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian nationalities, who were killed in these violent clashes including more than 70 officers of different ranks, while 46 members at least of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of non-Syrian nationalities, in the same clashes and the accompanied exchange of targeting, while it has increased to 235 at least, the number of the fighters of the Islamic factions operating in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, who were killed in the violent clashes witnessed in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, which were accompanied by intensive bombardment by warplanes, by explosive barrels and by the regime forces on the area, and hundreds in the ranks of the both parties were injured, which may raise the death toll.

 

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