Syria Forces Launch Assault On Rebel-Held Douma

Syria Forces Launch Assault On Rebel-Held Douma

Syria Forces Launch Assault On Rebel-Held Douma

At least 11 people were left struggling to breathe on Saturday after air strikes on Syria's rebel town of Douma, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said, as rescuers alleged that toxic gases were used.

Syrian state media denied launching chemical attacks as soon as the reports began circulating.

Assad's forces have retaken 95 p.c of Jap Ghouta since launching a blistering air and ground assault on the besieged enclave on February 18, killing 1,600 civilians and displacing tens of 1000's further.

"Four civilians were killed and around 25 wounded", he told AFP.

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The observatory said at least 40 civilians died, including eight children, and even more were wounded.

Douma is the last rebel-held area in Eastern Ghouta, after other towns in the sprawling countryside have seen the evacuation of 43,000 rebels and their families toward Idlib Province in northwestern Syria. "Intensive care is crowded", said a medical worker, speaking on the condition of anonymity, fearing retribution from both government and rebel forces.Victory in the enclave would effectively spell an end to the war between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the opposition that rose up to oppose them in 2011. It added that fighters who hand over their weapons can join a local police force that will be established in Douma mostly consisting of Army of Islam members who will be given Russians weapons to fight members of the Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked fighters.

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Fighters and civilians with familial ties to the group are being rejected, residents said.An activist interviewed Friday said the choice to stay had not been his own, after Jaish al-Islam declined to clear two of his relatives to leave and held up his application as a result.

Earlier it was reported that the Syrian rebels and the Russian military agreed on a plan for the evacuation of the city Council.

Russia's military said the Army of Islam has forced out leaders who were taking part in negotiations to withdraw from Douma and that their fighters have resumed attacks.

Jaysh Al-Islam militants have violated the reached agreements by blocking civilians' evacuation from Douma via the humanitarian corridor, according to the Russian MoD.

But the exit plan stalled after reports that Jaish Al Islam remained divided over a withdrawal, and heavy bombing started to hit Douma on Friday afternoon.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the renewed outbreak of fighting in Douma "is of great concern to us".

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