Syrian Observatory: One third of Syria's Ghouta enclave taken by govt

A general view shows a Syrian air force Su-17 fighter plane flying over the besieged rebel-held town of Hamouria in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 3, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 05 March 2018
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Syrian Observatory: One third of Syria's Ghouta enclave taken by govt

BEIRUT:The Syrian army and its allies have captured more than a third of the rebel enclave in eastern Ghouta near Damascus since starting a ground offensive there a week ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.
The Britain-based war monitor said more than 700 people have been killed in eastern Ghouta in the past two weeks, since the government and its allies began a massive bombardment of the area on Feb. 18 in preparation for the attack. 
Fresh air raids by the Syrian regime on the besieged rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta killed at least 14 civilians overnight, a monitor said Monday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said barrel bombs -- crude, improvised munitions that cause indiscriminate damage -- were used, including on the town of Hammuriyeh, where 10 people were killed.
The latest deaths brought to 709 the number of civilians killed since regime and allied Russian forces intensified their campaign against Eastern Ghouta in February.
According to Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Observatory, at least 166 of them were children.
The deadly raids, as well as other strikes and rocket fire elsewhere in Eastern Ghouta Monday, came as the battered enclave awaited a convoy of humanitarian aid from the United Nations.


Saudi Arabia, UAE provide Aden port support to increase aid capacity

Updated 5 min 17 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia, UAE provide Aden port support to increase aid capacity

  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE are providing the port of Aden with support in order to increase relief aid imports to Yemen,
  • They have provided cranes for the port in order to increase the volume of relief and commercial imports

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are providing the port of Aden with support in order to increase relief aid imports to Yemen, Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed said.

The prime minister told a press conference that Saudi Arabia and the UAE provided cranes for the port in order to increase the volume of relief and commercial imports to Yemen, SPA reported on Wednesday.

He praised their efforts to support Aden as part of comprehensive humanitarian operations in Yemen.

Saeed stressed that his government is continuing to carry out reforms at all stages and fight corruption.