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UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

New York - The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, as new air strikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta took the civilian death toll from seven days of bombing to more than 500.

New strikes hit Syria enclave after UN delays truce vote

Beirut - Air strikes and rocket fire hit the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a seventh straight day on Saturday after the United Nations again delayed a vote on a ceasefire.

Fresh rocket fire on Syria enclave kills 13: monitor

Beirut - Rockets fired by Syrian regime forces killed at least 13 civilians in the besieged rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Thursday, a monitor said.

Syrians cower in basements as bombs pound enclave

Duma - For several days, residents of the Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave near Damascus have huddled, terrified, in basements and bomb shelters as regime air strikes pound their towns to rubble.

Russia denies role in deadly air strikes on Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday denied involvement in air strikes on Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave that monitors say have killed at least 250 civilians since the start of the week."These are groundless accusations.

Fresh strikes on Syria enclave kill 10: monitor

Duma - Ten civilians were killed Wednesday in fresh air strikes by the Syrian regime on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, where 270 people have died in three days of bombardment, a monitor said.

Russia blamed as key clinic in Syria enclave bombed out of service

Beirut - A key hospital in Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta was put out of service on Tuesday, a medical group said, with a monitor blaming Russian air strikes.

Charities condemn 'abhorrent' Syria enclave bloodshed

London - Humanitarian groups around the world expressed their outrage on Tuesday after Syrian regime air strikes left more than 200 civilians dead in three days in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta.

UNICEF issues blank statement slamming 'war ON children in Syria'

Amman - The UN children's fund on Tuesday expressed "outrage" over the killings of children in Syria by issuing a blank statement, adding in a footnote that "no words will do (them) justice".

New raids on Syria rebel enclave kill 45 civilians: monitor

Beirut - Fresh air strikes hit the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday killing 45 civilians as a ferocious regime bombing campaign entered its third day, a monitor said.

Syria bombardment of rebel enclave kills 18 civilians: monitor

Beirut - Heavy Syrian regime bombardment of rebel-held Eastern Ghouta killed at least 18 civilians on Monday, a monitor said, as government forces appeared to prepare for a ground assault.

First aid convoy this year enters Syria's Ghouta: UN

Beirut - The first aid convoy since November entered the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta Wednesday, the UN said, after intensive bombardment by the army killed more than 250 civilians last week.

Under bombs, Syria rescuers forced to save their own

- For years, Samir Salim and his three brothers rescued neighbours and relatives pinned underground after bombardment on Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. But last week, they could not save their own mother.

Syria regime strikes kill six civilians in Ghouta: monitor

Beirut - Syrian regime air strikes killed six civilians including two children overnight in Eastern Ghouta after a day of respite from deadly bombardment of the rebel enclave, a monitor said Sunday.

Aid group warns of crisis in battered Syria rebel enclave

Beirut - Relentless bombardment by the Syrian military of the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta is hampering vital relief operations, an international aid group warned on Friday.

Syria rescuers scrambling to cope with heavy raids on rebel zone

Duma - Exhausted and overstretched, Syrian rescue worker Abu Mohammad Omar could barely catch his breath between back-to-back searches for survivors in his bombed-out hometown near Damascus.

22 dead in fresh regime air strikes on Syria enclave: monitor

- A fourth consecutive day of heavy regime bombing raids on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus killed 22 civilians on Thursday, a monitor said.

New raids on battered Syria rebel enclave kill 7: monitor

Beirut - A fresh round of Syrian air strikes on rebel-held towns near the capital killed seven civilians on Wednesday, a monitor said, the third consecutive day of ferocious bombing.

Regime strikes kill 16 in Syria's Ghouta enclave: monitor

Beirut - Syrian regime air strikes on Eastern Ghouta killed at least 16 civilians on Tuesday, a monitor said, the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the rebel-held enclave near Damascus.

Syria raids kill nearly 30, as war of words escalates over chlorine use

Harasta - Regime bombardment killed nearly 30 people in a rebel enclave near Damascus on Monday, as Syria's seven-year conflict left civilians paying a heavy price.

Syria strikes kill 23 civilians in rebel area near Damascus: monitor

Beirut - At least 23 civilians were killed on Monday as Syrian government air strikes pounded a rebel-held enclave near the capital Damascus, a monitor said.

28 civilians killed in Syria, most in Russian air strikes: monitor

Beirut - At least 28 civilians have been killed by bombardment in the besieged Syrian opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, most of them in Russian air raids, a monitor said.

Air raids in Syria kill 25 civilians: monitor

- A wave of Syrian air strikes on Sunday killed at least 25 civilians and wounded dozens across the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, a monitor said.

Ghouta child malnutrition worst in Syria's war: UN

Birut - Childhood malnutrition levels in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region, under government siege since 2013, are the highest recorded in the country since its six-year war began, the UN said Wednesday.

Syria regime bombing kills 23 civilians near Damascus: monitor

Duma - Syrian regime air strikes and artillery fire killed 23 civilians on Sunday across the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside the capital Damascus, a monitor said.

Aid enters besieged Syria region hit by hunger crisis

Damascus - Dozens of trucks carrying aid for 40,000 people on Monday entered the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus, where residents and relief groups have warned a humanitarian crisis is escalating.

Hot water for dinner in hunger-hit besieged Syria town

Harasta - Manal boils water on the stove in the besieged Syrian town of Hamouria, hoping to convince her four children that she is cooking, but she has no food.

Syria announces truce in one of rebels' last Damascus bastions

Damascus - Syria on Saturday announced a ceasefire in one of the last rebel strongholds near Damascus after rebels and regime ally Russia agreed on a safe zone for the besieged opposition enclave.

Syria army announces halt in fighting in parts of Ghouta

Damascus - Syria's army announced Saturday a halt in fighting in parts of Eastern Ghouta after rebels and regime ally Russia agreed on how a safe zone will function for the besieged opposition enclave.

Rebel infighting near Syria capital kills hundreds: Monitor

Birut - Fighting raging between rival Islamist rebel factions to control a key opposition stronghold near Damascus since late last month has killed more than 300 fighters, a monitor said on Sunday.
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A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013
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