Orient Net, 11 January, 2018-- Assad forces and their allies had killed at least 85 civilians since December 31 in stepped-up attacks, the UN human rights chief said on Wednesday (January 10).
Conditions in the enclave, the last major rebel-held zone near Damascus and where at least 390,000 civilians have been besieged for four years, amount to a humanitarian catastrophe, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein stated.
Zeid said that residential areas were being hit day and night in contravention to law which states that warring parties must distinguish between civilians and lawful military targets. He said reports from Eastern Ghouta raised concerns that war crimes may have been committed and that failure to evacuate urgent medical cases from the enclave was also against international humanitarian law.
Among the dead civilians since December 31 were 21 women and 30 children, Zeid said.
The Syrian regime and its allied militias launched a major offensive on Eastern Ghouta on the 29 of December 2017. Douma and Hamoriyya cities have born the brunt of the regime artillery and air attacks where White Helmets volunteers documented more than 145 civilians killed, most of them women and children.