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Death toll tops 220 in four-day regime assault on Syria rebel

AFP  |  Erbin (Syria) 

Syrian regime jets have pounded Eastern Ghouta, sending the death toll from a four-day assault on the rebel enclave on the outskirts of soaring past 220.

Violence also flared in on Thursday, where the US-led coalition said it had killed at least 100 pro- regime fighters to fend off an attack on its Kurdish allies.

The clash marked a fresh escalation between Washington, which has threatened the regime over its alleged use of chemical weapons, and Damascus, which labelled the latest incident in a "war crime".

also slammed the US-led strikes, with Russia's UN saying he had lodged a protest about the assault during a closed-door meeting.

"To confront those who really fight international terrorism on the ground in is criminal," he said.

The yesterday failed to back a UN appeal for a month-long humanitarian ceasefire in

In Eastern Ghouta, which lies east of the capital and has been besieged since 2013, residents had no time to mourn their dead or treat their wounded from the previous day's bombardment.

"These are the worst four days that Eastern has ever gone through," said Hamza, an overwhelmed doctor at the who was treating wounded patients.

"From 2011 until now, there has never been the level of bombardment we've seen in the last 96 hours."

The death toll mounted steadily throughout Thursday, with the for Human Rights giving 75 civilians dead by the evening. Three died of wounds suffered on Wednesday.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 10:10 IST