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11 March 2018, 01:32 | Damon Campbell
Left Humanitarian aid being distributed in Eastern Ghouta
According to the latest reports coming out of Eastern Ghouta, the town of Mesraba, which represents the last link between the northern and southern halves of the Eastern Ghouta district, is now scene of heavy clashes between the army and Takfiri elements.
Jaish al-Islam is one of the main insurgent factions in eastern Ghouta.
A major Syrian rebel group says it has agreed to evacuate Al-Qaeda-linked fighters being held in its prisons in eastern Ghouta. "So Ghouta will gain by finishing with these people".
Almost 950 civilians have been killed since Russia-backed government forces launched a blistering assault on the last opposition bastion near Damascus on February 18.
The food parcels were supposed to be delivered on Monday when another aid convoy entered Douma, but the fighting and bombardment then forced it to leave early without unloading all its supplies.
The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said troops reached the centre of the town of Misraba, adding that opposition fighters are crumbling amid the offensive.
An AFP correspondent inside Douma said shelling and air strikes were rocking the town on Saturday.
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United Nations aid agencies have pleaded with the Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation to halt the campaign and allow access for humanitarian deliveries.
State TV on Friday also reported that "dozens of civilians" would likely get out of eastern Ghouta, in addition to 13 gunmen who had turned themselves in, via the Wafideen safe corridor designated by the government.
Keen to secure Damascus, government troops and allied militias have been closing in on the enclave since February 18 and have overrun more than half of it.
HTS is the main force in Idlib, in Syria's northwest and the last province outside government control.
Syria's war, which enters its eight-year next week, has killed more than 340,000 people since it erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests. The channel has been reporting since last week that rebels have prevented civilians from leaving.
The council is to meet on Monday to hear a report from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and try to plod on with a bid to turn the ceasefire voted in NY into a reality on the ground.
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