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Syria war: Shelling and strikes despite Eastern Ghouta 'pause'

February 27, 2018 4:22 pm

Fighting continued in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area of Syria during the first daily five-hour “pause” ordered by the government’s ally Russia.

Activists said there were government air and artillery strikes, while Russia said rebels had shelled a “humanitarian corridor” meant to let civilians leave.

As a result, there were no UN aid deliveries or medical evacuations.

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Some 393,000 people are trapped in the enclave near Damascus, which has been besieged by the government since 2013.

Medics say more than 500 people have been killed since the government intensified its bombardment nine days ago in an attempt to retake the enclave.

At least six civilians were killed on Tuesday, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said – two of them during the five-hour ceasefire window.

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