Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Assad attacks eastern Ghouta with 'chlorine and napalm'

Assad attacks eastern Ghouta with 'chlorine and napalm'

Some of those affected by Wednesday's alleged attack received treatment at the scene of the strike because first response vehicles could not move due to "non-stop bombing".

Abdulmonam Eassa's photo of an injured boy arriving at hospital in Eastern Ghouta.

The narrow point linking rebel territory in north and south parts of eastern Ghouta is all within the range of government fire and impossible for insurgents to cross, meaning the enclave has in military terms been bisected, the commander said.

Across some green farmland, columns of thick smoke rose from an urban skyline.

In New York, the UN Security Council will again gather to discuss the failure of a ceasefire it had demanded last week.

The council is to meet at 1500 GMT on Wednesday to discuss the failure of the truce to take hold.

A day earlier, a humanitarian convoy of 46 truckloads of aid entered Eastern Ghouta, the first aid to reach that rebel-held area in that region since the UN Security Council adopted a resolution to achieve a 30-day-long humanitarian pause on February 24.

In tandem with the military operations in Eastern Ghouta, the army is securing the humanitarian corridor between the Wafidin area and Eastern Ghouta to allow civilians to leave toward government-run shelters.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra-ad Al Hussein cast a level of doubt on the prospects for the resolution, saying it "must also be viewed against a backdrop of seven years of failure to stop the violence, seven years of unremitting and frightful mass killing".

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied militias have encircled and besieged East Ghouta since 2013.

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"Next month or the month after, it will be somewhere else where people face an apocalypse - an apocalypse intended, planned and executed by individuals within the government, apparently with the full backing of some of their foreign supporters".

The UN says 400,000 people are trapped in the towns and villages of eastern Ghouta.

The first United Nations aid convoy was able to enter the region on March 5, days after the United Nations ordered a humanitarian truce, but offloading was cut short after fresh air strikes nearby.

As Syrian government forces intensify their push to regain control over the enclave, aided by Russia's aerial bombing campaign, more than 900 people have been killed over the past three weeks.

Outside of Douma on Wednesday, dozens of residents could be seen pushing wheelbarrows and carts piled high with mattresses, rugs, and cardboard boxes.

No Syrian civilians are known to have used the "corridor".

Medical facilities supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have received over 1,000 dead and 4,800 wounded in Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in just two weeks, the organization said in a statement.

But Istanbul-based spokesman Wael Alwan, representing one of the main rebel group Failaq Al Rahman, denied the territory had been cut in half.

"I'm going to suffocate", two children screamed as rescue workers carried them down from the roof.

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