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World Russia-ordered 'pause' goes into effect east of Damascus

11:21  27 february  2018
11:21  27 february  2018 Source:   ap.org

Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

  Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites.The bombardment has forced many among the nearly 400,000 residents to sleep in basements and makeshift shelters, and has overwhelmed rescue workers who have spent days digging out survivors from the wreckage of bombed out buildings.

A brief, Russia - ordered "humanitarian pause " went into effect on Tuesday as Syrian and Russian forces set up a corridor to allow civilians to leave a rebel-held enclave near Damascus , but by the end of the five-hour pause , no civilians had crossed over from the embattled territory.

A Russia - ordered "humanitarian pause " has gone into effect to allow civilians to leave a rebel-held enclave near Damascus , giving a brief respite to the residents of the besieged area that has been under intense attack by the Syrian government for weeks. Syria's state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV broadcast

This frame grab from video released on Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense group help residents during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and more than a dozen wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to nearly 500, including scores of women and children. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP) © The Associated Press This frame grab from video released on Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense group help residents during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and more than a dozen wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to nearly 500, including scores of women and children. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

BEIRUT — A Russia-ordered "humanitarian pause" has gone into effect to allow civilians to leave a rebel-held enclave near Damascus but there were no immediate signs of any corridors set up for people to use.

Russia says rebels shell exit corridor in Syria's Ghouta

  Russia says rebels shell exit corridor in Syria's Ghouta The Russian military on Thursday accused Syria's rebels of shelling a humanitarian corridor that Moscow set up with the Syrian government, offering residents of Damascus' besieged eastern suburbs a way out of the embattled enclave.BEIRUT — The Russian military on Thursday accused Syria's rebels of shelling a humanitarian corridor that Moscow set up with the Syrian government, offering residents of Damascus' besieged eastern suburbs a way out of the embattled enclave.

A Russia - ordered "humanitarian pause " has gone into effect to allow civilians to leave a rebel-held enclave near Damascus but Rami Aburrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that no violence was reported on Tuesday in the enclave, known as eastern Ghouta — a collection of

BEIRUT, Feb 27: A Russia - ordered “humanitarian pause ” has gone into effect to allow civilians to leave a rebel-held enclave near Damascus , giving a brief respite to the residents of the besieged area that has been under intense attack by the Syrian government for weeks.

Rami Aburrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that no violence was reported on Tuesday in the enclave, known as eastern Ghouta — a collection of suburbs just east of the Syrian capital.

Aburrahman says only a few artillery shells hit Douma, one of the suburbs.

Civilians caught in the violence have mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin's order of a five-hour open corridor.

Ingy Sedky with the international Red Cross says that for a humanitarian corridor to work, it needs to be well planned and implemented with the consent of all parties in the conflict.

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