Syria Army Continues to Make Gains against Militants in Ghouta

Delegation from Syria rebel enclave mulls evacuation deal

Syrian army gains ground in intensified Ghouta assault

Hamza Hassan, a surgeon working at one of the hospitals in eastern Ghouta, said that staff was overwhelmed with chlorine odour and that he treated 29 children with breathing problems.

Last April, the USA struck a military base in central Syria with more than 50 Tomahawk missiles, in retaliation to an alleged chemical attack by Syrian government forces on a rebel-held town in the northwestern province of Idlib.

"It has been agreed that the first group of HTS members be released from the prisons of Jaish al-Islam".

The aid was delivered as helicopters hovered overhead and warplanes targeted areas outside Douma, according to an AFP correspondent.

A picture from Syrian state TV showing unidentified "fighters", evacuated from Eastern Ghouta.

Doctors and nurses in the beleaguered enclave have run out of several life-saving items and a massive medical re-supply is critically urgent, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Friday.

Despite two weeks of air strikes and artillery bombardment that have killed nearly 950 civilians, the main rebel groups have so far rejected Russian-brokered offers to evacuate civilians or any of their own fighters.

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Within the last eight months, the regime has stepped up the siege, preventing food and medicine from entering the district, leaving thousands of residents in need of medical treatment.

"We have no guarantees that the regime will protect the families that want to leave and that it won't send the men to the frontlines", he added.

A tribal leader said more than 300 civilians from the areas of Kafr Batna, Saqba and Hammuriyeh wanted to leave.

According to the United Nations, some 400,000 people remain trapped in the area, which has been under siege for several years.

The UN secretary general has described the situation in eastern Ghouta as "hell on earth" and the body's high commissioner for human rights described the military offensive as a "monstrous annihilation". President Bashar al-Assad vowed last week that Syrian forces would continue the campaign until the whole area is retaken.

Saturday, Ankara-backed rebels advanced against Kurdish militia in northwest Syria, coming to within two kilometres (just over one mile) of the flashpoint town of Afrin, the Observatory said.

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