The following is an excerpt from Reuters.com | February 20, 2018 |
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces bombarded Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 49 people, after the heaviest one-day death toll there in three years on Monday, a war monitoring group said.
Some 127 people were killed in air raids, rocket strikes and shelling of the area near Damascus on Monday, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
About 190 have died since the bombing intensified late on Sunday and 850 have been injured, it said.
The United Nations called for an immediate ceasefire in the area on Monday, saying the situation was “spiraling out of control” after an “extreme escalation in hostilities”.
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