Syria's Ghouta 'hell on earth' for children: UNICEF chief

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It would also be the worst setback for rebels since the opposition was ousted from eastern Aleppo in late 2016 after a similar siege and bombing campaign.

The Syrian government on Thursday prepared the second humanitarian corridor, after ten days of a failed attempt to receive civilians from the first designated crossing in Wafidin area northeast of Damascus.

The answer has to do with Eastern Ghouta's strategic location, the government's and Russia's long-term goals for demographic change in Syria, and the future of rebel groups in the area.

As Syrian government forces intensify their push to regain control over the enclave, aided by Russia's aerial bombing campaign, more than 900 people have been killed over the past three weeks.

Syria's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Hussam Aala, told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday the assault targeted "terrorist organiZations in accordance with global humanitarian law". There was no immediate confirmation of this from the rebels or Syrian government.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation recently charged that the radical groups are preventing, with missile attacks, that civilians, including children, women and the sick, leave East Ghouta. "Last night was the hardest, it was a night from hell", said Anas Hassan, who manages operations for the Syrian American Medical Society, which funds hospitals and clinics. Syria Direct could not independently confirm the spokesman's claims. The government has repeatedly denied using chlorine gas.

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"We don't know yet when we will go ahead with the convoy", Ingy Sedky, spokeswoman for the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), told Syria Direct from Damascus on Thursday.

Monitoring groups have reported scores killed daily this week as activists reported "apocalyptic" scenes in the streets of Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

The 46-truck aid convoy delivered the aid amid shelling but had to pull out before unloading everything, said Sajjad Malik, the United Nations refugee agency representative in Syria.

Syria and Russian Federation are determined to capture the jihadi-held enclave of eastern Ghouta despite pressure from the UN Security Council and western powers to abide by a countrywide ceasefire.

Turkey says the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) who control the enclave are a "terrorist" group. He spoke during a joint news conference with his Austrian counterpart in Vienna. State-run TV said residents there welcomed the arrival of Assad forces.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that a siege of Afrin's main city would begin after Jinderes is taken.

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