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Syria: Damascus Turns Into A Graveyard, 250 People Killed In 48 Hours

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| February 21 , 2018 , 15:50 IST

Syria’s daily death toll on Tuesday reached its highest point in the last three years. The death toll from two days of bombing by Syrian Government of a rebel-held area Damascus has risen to 250.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed it was the highest 48-hour death toll in the Syria conflict since a 2013 chemical attack in the area. It is the worst violence in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus. The report stated that more than 50 children are among the dead.

The UN has warned that the situation is "spiralling out of control".

Meanwhile, the Damascus government has sent forces to confront Turkish troops who have crossed the border to push back the Kurds in northern Syria.

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The Syrian military has not commented on the reports from the Eastern Ghouta but says it carried out "precision strikes" on areas from which the shells were launched.

 

A UN spokesperson said at least six hospitals had been hit in the area on Monday and Tuesday.

Eastern Ghouta is the last major rebel bastion located near the capital Damascus.

The wave of air strikes, rocket fire, and shelling has sparked international condemnation.

France, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, described the bombardment as a serious violation of the international humanitarian law.

The US said it was "deeply concerned" about the attacks, criticising what it called the "siege and starve tactics" of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military, while the Syrian government has maintained that it only targets militants.

Recent violence in the besieged suburb is part of a wider surge in fighting on several fronts as President Assad's military pushes to end the seven-year rebellion.

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The observatory said the bombardment had killed more than 106 adults and children in eastern Ghouta today alone.

Panos Moumtzis, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Syria, condemned the bombing of five hospitals in eastern Ghouta.

He said intentional attacks on medical facilities "may amount to war crimes".

In Brussels, Syrian opposition leader Nasr al-Hariri – a delegation head at stalled UN peace talks - pleaded for more international pressure on Assad to stop.