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UN Investigators Urge Russia, US To Probe Deadly Syria Air Strikes

08 March 2018

Military operations to beat back government attempts to advance into and capture Misraba were "ongoing", he added.

The UN chief has also expressed concern over attacks throughout the besieged Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta as well as reported shelling of the capital. "Not next month. Stop the attacks on children, schools and hospitals in Syria", the UNICEF posted on its official twitter account.

Meanwhile, the government has said it will send reinforcements, including 700 fighters, to join a battle against rebel groups in an effort to defeat them in their last major stronghold, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Wednesday. Estimates for the death toll on Monday alone range from 79 to 94.

Russian forces have called for a "humanitarian corridor", offering a brief cease-fire in the middle of each day to allow aid to enter eastern Ghouta and civilians to leave.

The Red Cross' Krzysiek also emphasized that aid deliveries can only go so far.

The symbolic mark was reached "after forces retook Al-Ashaari and Beit Sawa towns as well as farmland in the centre and north of Eastern Ghouta", he told AFP.

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In that case however, they stopped short of evoking war crimes.

At least 84 people were killed and about another 150 were wounded in the attack.

The fighting in eastern Ghouta shows no sign of abating.

Earlier in the day, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) noted that 30 children have been killed by Turkish shelling in the Syrian region of Afrin, within the framework of Ankara's military operation against Kurdish forces in the Syrian region.

There have also been reports that the Assad regime has recently used chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta.

France calls on allies of the Syrian regime, particularly Russian Federation and Iran, to abide by their global obligations without delay and to force the Damascus regime, which operates with their support, to implement the humanitarian truce. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

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The relentless attacks prompted France and Britain to request an emergency meeting of the top United Nations body behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the ceasefire's failure to take hold.

Syria, through state media outlets, denies that it is using chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta.

Zolotukhin said anti-government fighters and their families are being allowed passage during certain hours in the daytime.

Government forces open a Russian-backed campaign against Eastern Ghouta with more than 260 rockets and intense air raids.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Syrian army troopers had captured farms southeast of the towns of Rihan and Housh al-Ashary.

But anti-government groups holding out in eastern Ghouta say they will not be swayed by psychological tactics. If accepted, the offer would mean the fall of the last rebel-held area near Damascus. However, the situation in Damascus' suburb of Eastern Ghouta is still tense, as Damascus is being shelled by local militant with Damascus reporting opening fire in response to shelling from the region.

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UN Investigators Urge Russia, US To Probe Deadly Syria Air Strikes