Monday, 17 December, 2018

On Northern Syria Front Line, US and Turkey Head Into Tense Face-off

On Northern Syria Front Line, US and Turkey Head Into Tense Face-off On Northern Syria Front Line, US and Turkey Head Into Tense Face-off
Russell Knight | 08 February, 2018, 16:39

United Nations representatives noted that Eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel bastion near Damascus after nearly seven years of war, had not received inter-agency aid since November.

"Scenes of entire buildings, housing whole families crashing down with the residents - women, children and men - still inside have become a frequent image", Abu Salem al-Shami, a resident and activist, told Al Jazeera by phone from Eastern Ghouta, an area that has been under opposition control since 2013.

"It is intense bombardment". By its own admission, the government has detained at least 600 people, some of them for posting antiwar sentiments on social media. It's very expensive. They can't work because of the shelling.

A Civil Defense member carries a child from site of an airstrike in Douma on Wednesday.

Tuesday's toll of 80 dead was "the highest civilian toll in Syria in almost nine months, and one of the bloodiest days for Eastern Ghouta in several years", Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The war in Syria has displaced half the population and killed some 400,000 people, but now the carnage is growing in many places at once.

Turkey began deploying forces to northwestern Syria in October, as part of an agreement with Iran and Russian Federation to stabilize the lines of conflict in war-torn Syria.

The deal was meant to result in an end to the violence and provide safety to civilians.

"This was the highest civilian toll in Syria in almost nine months, and one of the bloodiest days for Eastern Ghouta in several years", Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Foah and Kafraya in Idleb continue to be besieged by non-State armed groups, without access to much needed humanitarian supplies and medical treatment.

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An upsurge in attacks on so-called de-escalation zones in Syria has made a "mockery" of the accord, a U.N. -mandated committee said on Tuesday, according to the U.N. News Centre.

The deadliest raids hit Beit Sawa and Hammuriyeh, the Observatory said. "It was hit by the planes".

And more than 600 people are awaiting evacuation from the Damascus suburbs for urgent medical care, but no evacuations have been granted since 29 people were let out in November.

Many believe pro-government forces are pushing for a decisive outcome.

The incursion by the Turkish army into the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin has further complicated the war, displacing more than 15,000 people and adding new obstacles to efforts to resolve the war.

President Bashar al-Assad's forces have gained ground in the southern edges of Idlib in recent weeks. The United States has spoken of six suspected cases of chemical attack over the past month.

Sources close to the Syrian government said Israeli missiles had targeted a "research center" in the town of Jamraya, north of Damascus.

He also condemned the U.S. presence in the territory of the Syria.

The Israeli air force has said it has struck arms convoys of the Syrian military and Lebanon's Hezbollah almost 100 times since the war in Syria began more than six years ago.

This is the first time a Russian fighter jet was shot down since Russia began its aerial military campaign in support of Syrian government in 2015, according to the BBC.

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