The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that at least 738 civilians, including 116 children and 70 women, were killed in eastern Ghouta by the Assad and Russian forces since the UN Security Council’s adoption of resolution 2401 on February 24, 2018.
The local council in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta on Sunday said that 412 civilians, including 76 children, have been killed in bombardment by the Assad regime and Russian forces in the past 24 days.
The council added that as many as 258 men and 78 women were killed in Douma in the period between February 19 and March 14. It also said that 65 children and 11 infants were killed in the same period.
The Network confirmed in a previous report that regime forces had used chemical weapons in recent days despite Security Council Resolution 2401. It called upon the French president to form an international coalition to deter the regime and its allied militias from using chemical weapons.
According to the Network, the chemical attack took place on March 5, 2018 when a regime helicopter dropped a barrel bomb filled with poison gas on residential areas southeast of the town of Hammouriya. The attack caused 25 civilians, including two civil defense volunteers, to suffer from breathing difficulties and nausea.
Eastern Ghouta has been subjected to ferocious onslaught by the Assad regime and Russian forces amid daily massacres against civilians trapped inside. The UN has so far failed to deter the Assad regime and its allies despite their repeated violations of UN resolutions, especially the recent ceasefire agreement. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)