Italy condemns Syrian regime's attacks on E. Ghouta

Kurdish fighters from the People

Kurdish fighters from the People

Regime warplanes returned Wednesday morning for fresh strikes on the enclave, with the death toll climbing to 32 civilians including a dozen children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Activists have said at least 211 were killed since Monday in eastern Ghouta.

The bombardment pressed the United Nations to call for a ceasefire to "this extreme situation".

The United Nations called on Tuesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria of at least a month.

"These reports are extremely troubling and make a mockery of the so-called "de-escalation zones" meant to protect civilians from such bombardment", commission's chair Paulo Pinheiro said.

Violence and suffering has shown no sign of relenting in Syria.

"The Russian pilot ejected from the plane and was shot dead by militants, according to Russia's Defense Ministry".

Syrian troops backed by Russian warplanes have stepped up attacks on the rebel enclave since late December. The territory holds value for both groups.

"This strategy of laying siege to the Ghouta is at its basic element a strategy of collective punishment, of making the entire population of the area suffer for its choice to rebel against Bashar al-Assad and his regime", he told AFP.

"Children in Eastern Ghouta are being starved, bombed and trapped".

In a major development Syrian Army along with allied forces has regained control over 30 towns and villages in Hama, Aleppo, and Idlib provinces, north of Damascus, after eliminating the remnants of Daesh (IS) terrorists.

"There isn't a secure place in the hospital to properly operate on patients", he said.

Footage shared by local activists and journalists in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta, Syria, from February 1-8 show the devastating impact of airstrikes from pro-government forces. "Schools are supposed to be safe places for children, protected under worldwide law, yet they are being attacked every single day", said Sonia Khush, Save the Children's Syria Response Director in a statement.

Eastern Ghouta, a suburban area only miles from Damascus, has been surrounded by Syrian forces for more than four years.

Due to the siege, very little humanitarian aid has entered, making access to basic supplies such as food, highly restricted. According to the United Nations, nearly 12 percent of children under five suffer from acute malnutrition in Eastern Ghouta; the highest rate recorded since the conflict began.

France's foreign minister on Wednesday demanded that all Iran-backed militias, including Hezbollah, leave Syria, saying that Iran (as well as Turkey) were violating worldwide law through their actions in the country.

Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict. It is time for all warring parties to make the lives of civilians their paramount concern.

Turkey has expressed concerns over the Syrian regime's intensified attacks on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta involving the use of chlorine bombs and informed Russian Federation and Iran - the regime's main allies - about its disturbance.

Despite the "de-escalation" agreement, violence has intensified.

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