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Syria regime strikes kill six civilians in Ghouta: monitor

AFP  |  Beirut 

Syrian regime air strikes killed six civilians including two children overnight in Eastern Ghouta after a day of respite from deadly bombardment of the rebel enclave, a monitor said today.

Since February 5, Bashar al-Assad's regime has intensified its bombardment of the besieged region outside Damascus, killing more than 245 civilians including dozens of children.

Yesterday, the government eased up its strikes on Eastern Ghouta as it faced Israeli air raids on what said were regime and Iranian targets inside the country.

But the regime raids picked up again on Saturday night, killing six civilians and wounding more than 50 others, the Britain-based for Human Rights monitor said.

Five of those, including two children, were killed in the region's main town of Douma, Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Western powers have expressed alarm over the government's campaign against Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people have been besieged since 2013, facing and medicine shortages.

The is considering a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in to allow for urgent deliveries of humanitarian aid, according to the text seen by AFP on Friday.

and presented the measure that would also demand an immediate end to sieges, including in Eastern Ghouta.

Negotiations on the proposed measure are to begin on Monday, and diplomats said it could quickly come to a vote at the council.

Syria's war has killed more than 340,000 people and displaced millions since it erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 14:15 IST