Syria Daily: East Ghouta — Pro-Assad Killings Ease Amid Medical Evacuations

Red Crescent workers meet seriously ill people and their families at a regime checkpoint in East Ghouta, Syria, March 13, 2018

UPDATE 1545 GMT: One of the latest victims of the pro-Assad assault:

Pro-Assad killing of civilians eased in East Ghouta, near Syria’s capital Damascus, as a group of seriously ill people was evacuated for treatment on Tuesday after talks brokered by UN officials.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported “only” 23 people slain across Syria yesterday, following the intense assault by regime forces, foreign allies, and Russian warplanes that has killed more than 1,400 since early February and more than 1,100 in the last three weeks.

After months of refusing medical evacuations from the besieged enclave, the Assad regime agreed to the movement of 25 patients and their families on Tuesday, after an arrangement between the UN and leading rebel faction Jaish al-Islam. But pro-opposition outlets said the regime prevented Red Crescent buses from entering East Ghouta instead insisting that patients and their families make their way towards the regime checkpoint at the al-Wafideen crossing so regime TV could film their departure.

Apart from a group of 27 people moved in December, the regime had refused any transfer from East Ghouta to Damascus hospitals. Scores of civilians died awaiting treatment that could not be provided amid the five-year siege.

The medical situation has worsened amid the pro-Assad offensive, with at least 22 medical facilities damaged by bombing and shelling.

Enabled by the Russian airstrikes, the pro-Assad offensive has seized more than half of East Ghouta as it broke a de-escalation agreement, signed between Russia and rebels last July, and defied a UN call for a ceasefire. The enclave has been split into three parts, including a broken link between the key towns of Douma and Harasta.

Meanwhile, to the south of Damascus, the regime continued its consolidation of former opposition suburbs, removing a “first batch” of 1,000 people from al-Qadam, south of Damascus. The group was transferred to northern Hama Province.

An opposition source said the removal followed a 48-hour ultimatum for rebels and their families to leave or face an offensive similar to the attacks on East Ghouta.

Al-Qadam agreed a truce in 2014 and signed a capitulation agreement in September 2017.

Rebels Launch Offensive in Northern Hama Province

Trying to counter the pro-Assad assault on East Ghouta, rebels have launched an offensive in northern Hama Province in northwest Syria.

The Free Syrian Army announced the “Anger for Ghouta” campaign early Wednesday. Soon they declared the takeover of the
Hamamiyat checkpoint and nearby military installations (see map). There were heavy clashes in the town of Karnaz (see map), with claims of heavy casualties among pro-Assad troops and destruction of armored vehicles.

Karnaz has now reportedly been taken by the rebels, and the town of al-Mughayir (see map) is cut off and expected to fall soon.

The rebel attacks are taking advantage of the redeployment of regime militias from north Hama to the East Ghouta offensive.

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  1. eastern ghouta tragedy in the eyes of saudis and arabian gulf sheikh
    1.its only hollywood sci-fi movies… predator vs sunni alliens
    2.ass add and the gang are …. soft porn movie actors whom gangbang women and children
    3.ambulance are doing drifting with 4 wheels upside down
    5. follow the teaching of their scarface and blind scholars..muslim sunni souls not worth a single cents
    6.syrian sunni are busying renovated palace and fucking their 4 many widow
    7.their luxury yatch cannot reach ghouta to send medical….. got military radar installation..
    9.houthis are no 1 enemy..scratching their icthing balls and ass..cannot stand anymore
    10.iranian majoos and putin missiles cannot reach them.. other reasons..except…uproot what you plant…fools…

  2. I think it is pretty obvious that some Russian agent sprayed fine Novichok powder on the seats of Skripal’s BMW. So when they drove from home to the parking lot, their clothes got covered with the agent which then gets absorbed by the skin and in about a couple of hours after their drink and lunch, puts them into a catatonic state fighting for their lives. Most likely if they survive, they will have brain damage as the agent stops the lung and heart from functioning properly, depriving the brain of oxygen.

    There is a claim that a Russian couple unknown to them were spotted around the Skripals in a few places, and the couple Left the UK the same day. All they need to do is shake some Novichok powder on their clothes.

    There is also another brilliant theory by Razmjoo that the rebels in E. Ghouta produced this Novichok powder and targeted the Skripals in order to cause a row between the UK and Russia, thus causing Russia to get occupied with this matter and stop bombing E. Ghouta. This is a very interesting theory and kudos to Razmjoo for his very smart thinking. I am sure you can find the necessary laboratory equipment and clean room, precursors and scientific expertise in the high schools of E. Ghouta – after all Razmjoo has electrolyzed chlorine in school.

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