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eastern ghouta bombardment: 674 syria civilians killed in 13 days | syria news


as many as 674 civilians have been killed in nearly two weeks by the continuous air attacks on the damascus suburb of eastern ghouta, a syrian volunteer group has said.the syrian civil defense, also known as the white helmets, said on friday that more than 670 people have been killed since the syrian government, aided by russian, launched an air offensive on the largely rural area outside of the capital on february 18.eastern ghouta, home to nearly 400,000 people, has been besieged by the syrian government since opposition groups took control of the area in the mid-2013.the aerial bombardment has drawn international condemnation, but a 30-day ceasefire unanimously voted for by the members of the united nations security council last saturday has largely failed to hold up, as air strikes hav






syria's white helmets: 56 people killed in eastern ghouta | syria news


at least 56 people have been killed in air attacks by the syrian and russian war planes on eastern ghouta, according to the syrian civil defence group known as the white helmets.on monday night, at least 16 children and four women were reported killed after taking shelter in a school in the town of irbin, which was hit by an air raid.activists told al jazeera that the deaths came as the government bombardment of the enclave resumed following a brief lull.for its part, syria state tv reported on tuesday that at least 35 people were killed after a rocket was fired at a government-controlled area in damascus.sana news agency blamed "terrorists inside eastern ghouta" for firing the rocket, which had targeted a market in the kashkoul neighbourhood in jaramana, a southeast suburb of damascus.eas






syria war: scores of civilians killed in eastern ghouta strikes


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionchildren were among those rescued after monday's air strikes in eastern ghoutabombardments by syrian government forces have killed at least 100 people including 20 children in the rebel-held eastern ghouta area outside damascus, rescue teams and monitors say.this would make monday one of the deadliest days for the district since it came under siege in 2013.the syria civil defence, also known as the white helmets, said bombs were continuing to fall on tuesday morning.syrian forces stepped up an offensive to retake the area earlier this month.the eastern ghouta is the last major opposition enclave near the capital and is completely surrounded by areas under government control. local co-ordination committees, an opposition activist netw






russia-sponsored truce begins in syria's eastern ghouta | russia news


a five-hour "humanitarian pause" called by russia has come into effect in syria's eastern ghouta to allow civilians to evacuate the area that has been under continuous aerial bombardment.russia's president vladimir putin had ordered a truce from 9am-2pm (7:00-12:00 gmt) on tuesday, as air strikes and ground operations killed more than 550 civilians in the last eight days, according to the syrian observatory for human rights (sohr).on monday, a suspected chemical attack killed one child, according to syria's civil defence rescue team, also known as the white helmets.the reported chlorine gas attack injured at least 18 others when it hit eastern ghouta's al-shifaniyah town close to the front lines, where rebels are fighting syrian ground forces who have been trying to penetrate into the besi






eastern ghouta residents 'mock' ceasefire as killing continues | syria news


residents of syria's eastern ghouta are "mocking" a so-called ceasefire in the area, as bombardments by the syrian government and their principal ally, russia, continue, according to doctors and local activists. at least five civilians were killed on thursday in attacks on several towns in rebel-held eastern ghouta - a suburb of the capital damascus - activist abdelmalik aboud told al jazeera from the town of douma.fayez orabi, spokesperson for the opposition's health directorate in damascus and its suburbs, and the uk-based monitoring group, syrian observatory for human rights, confirmed the numbers.the syrian civil defense - a volunteer rescue group also known as the white helmets - said a child was killed in the attacks. 5 civilians were killed "including a little girl" until this momen






eastern ghouta residents 'mock' ceasefire as killing continues | syria news


residents of syria's eastern ghouta are "mocking" a so-called ceasefire in the area, as bombardments by the syrian government and their principal ally, russia, continue, according to doctors and local activists. at least five civilians were killed on thursday in attacks on several towns in rebel-held eastern ghouta - a suburb of the capital damascus - activist abdelmalik aboud told al jazeera from the town of douma.fayez orabi, spokesperson for the opposition's health directorate in damascus and its suburbs, and the uk-based monitoring group, syrian observatory for human rights, confirmed the numbers.the syrian civil defense - a volunteer rescue group also known as the white helmets - said a child was killed in the attacks. 5 civilians were killed "including a little girl" until this momen






eastern ghouta bombardment: 674 syria civilians killed in 13 days | syria news


as many as 674 civilians have been killed in nearly two weeks by the continuous air attacks on the damascus suburb of eastern ghouta, a syrian volunteer group has said.the syrian civil defense, also known as the white helmets, said on friday that more than 670 people have been killed since the syrian government, aided by russia, launched an air offensive on the largely rural area outside the capital on february 18.eastern ghouta, home to nearly 400,000 people, has been besieged by the syrian government since opposition groups took control of the area in mid-2013.the aerial bombardment has drawn international condemnation, but a 30-day ceasefire unanimously voted for by the members of the united nations security council last saturday has largely failed to hold, as air raids have continued u






us accuses syria of chemical weapons use in east ghouta | syria news


the united states has accused the syrian government of using chemical weapons against its people.us state department spokesman heather nauert said on thursday that reports of chlorine gas being used against civilians in eastern ghouta were "very concerning"."russia is making the wrong choice by not exercising its unique influence. to allow [the] syria regime to use chemical weapons against its own people is unconscionable. we will pursue accountability," she said, writing on twitter.russia is syria's closest ally, and has previously blocked attempts to investigate the suspected use of chemical weapons.nauert's comments follow a suspected chlorine gas attack in the rebel-held territory of eastern ghouta, on the outskirts of damascus, on thursday.the white helmets volunteer rescue group post






us accuses syria of chemical weapons use in east ghouta | syria news


the united states has accused the syrian government of using chemical weapons against its people.us state department spokesman heather nauert said on thursday that reports of chlorine gas being used against civilians in eastern ghouta were "very concerning"."russia is making the wrong choice by not exercising its unique influence. to allow [the] syria regime to use chemical weapons against its own people is unconscionable. we will pursue accountability," she said, writing on twitter.russia is syria's closest ally, and has previously blocked attempts to investigate the suspected use of chemical weapons.nauert's comments follow a suspected chlorine gas attack in the rebel-held territory of eastern ghouta, on the outskirts of damascus, on thursday.on saturday, syria's foreign ministry denied






russia-sponsored truce begins in syria's eastern ghouta | russia news


a five-hour "humanitarian pause" called by russia has come into effect in syria's eastern ghouta to allow civilians to evacuate the area that has been under continuous aerial bombardment.russia's president vladimir putin had ordered a truce from 9am-2pm (7:00-12:00 gmt) on tuesday, as air attacks and ground operations killed more than 550 civilians in the last eight days, according to the syrian observatory for human rights (sohr).on monday, a suspected chemical attack killed one child, according to syria's civil defence rescue team, also known as the white helmets.the reported chlorine gas attack injured at least 18 others when it hit eastern ghouta's al-shifaniyah town close to the front lines, where rebels are fighting syrian ground forces who have been trying to penetrate into the besi






syria's besieged ghouta: un warns of 'catastrophic' crisis | news


the un has called for urgent access to fleeing civilians and those trapped in syria's eastern ghouta, which continues to face devastating bombardment by government forces.it says many of the 50,000 people who have fled in recent days are suffering from potentially fatal illnesses.although there was a lull in bombing for a few days, the situation is escalating and an estimated 32 civilians were killed in overnight shelling by government forces. about a dozen of those killed were children who had attempted to shelter from air raids in a school.the syrian rescue group the white helmets says weapons like white phosphorous, which is banned in civilian areas, have again been used.al jazeera's zeina khodr reports from neighbouring lebanon.






un: war crimes likely committed in syria's eastern ghouta | news


the un's human rights chief has warned that attacks on syria's eastern ghouta probably amount to "war crimes" and that those behind the targeting of civilians will be held to account."i must emphasise that what we are seeing, in eastern ghouta and elsewhere in syria, are likely war crimes, and potentially, crimes against humanity," zeid ra'ad al-hussein said at an emergency meeting of the un human rights council on friday."the perpetrators of these crimes must know they are being identified; that dossiers are being built up with a view to their prosecution; and that they will be held accountable for what they have done," he added. his comments come as some 400,000 civilians trapped in the besieged rebel-held suburb of damascus are subject to a campaign of bombardment by syrian government a






un: war crimes likely committed in syria's eastern ghouta | news


the un's human rights chief has warned that attacks on syria's eastern ghouta probably amount to "war crimes" and that those behind the targeting of civilians will be held to account."i must emphasise that what we are seeing, in eastern ghouta and elsewhere in syria, are likely war crimes, and potentially, crimes against humanity," zeid ra'ad al-hussein said at an emergency meeting of the un human rights council on friday."the perpetrators of these crimes must know they are being identified; that dossiers are being built up with a view to their prosecution; and that they will be held accountable for what they have done," he added. his comments come as some 400,000 civilians trapped in the besieged rebel-held suburb of damascus are subject to a campaign of bombardment by syrian government a






un: war crimes likely committed in syria's eastern ghouta | news


the un's human rights chief has warned that strikes on syria's eastern ghouta probably amount to "war crimes" and that those behind the targeting of civilians will be held to account."i must emphasise that what we are seeing, in eastern ghouta and elsewhere in syria, are likely war crimes, and potentially crimes against humanity," zeid ra'ad al-hussein said at an emergency meeting of the un human rights council on friday."the perpetrators of these crimes must know they are being identified; that dossiers are being built up with a view to their prosecution; and that they will be held accountable for what they have done," he added. his comments come as some 400,000 civilians trapped in the besieged rebel-held suburb of damascus are subject to a campaign of bombardment by syrian government an






un: war crimes likely committed in syria's eastern ghouta | news


the un's human rights chief has warned that attacks on syria's eastern ghouta probably amount to "war crimes" and that those behind the targeting of civilians will be held to account."i must emphasise that what we are seeing, in eastern ghouta and elsewhere in syria, are likely war crimes, and potentially, crimes against humanity," zeid ra'ad al-hussein said at an emergency meeting of the un human rights council on friday."the perpetrators of these crimes must know they are being identified; that dossiers are being built up with a view to their prosecution; and that they will be held accountable for what they have done," he added. his comments come as some 400,000 civilians trapped in the besieged rebel-held suburb of damascus are subject to a campaign of bombardment by syrian government a






syria: chemical attack suspected in eastern ghouta siege | news


medics in syria say a child has died and a dozen more are being treated after another suspected chlorine gas attack. witnesses reported smelling the gas after an explosion in the rebel-held area of eastern ghouta. the syrian government has denied using chemical weapons in the war.more than 500 people, including women and children, have died in eastern ghouta. at least 23 people were killed on monday, despite a un security council resolution calling for a ceasefire.al jazeera's zeina khodr reports from beirut.






syria: chemical attack suspected in eastern ghouta siege | news


medics in syria say a child has died and a dozen more are being treated after another suspected chlorine gas attack.witnesses reported smelling the gas after an explosion in the rebel-held area of eastern ghouta.the syrian government has denied using chemical weapons in the war.more than 500 people, including women and children, have died in eastern ghouta.at least 23 people were killed on monday, despite a un security council resolution calling for a ceasefire.al jazeera's zeina khodr reports from beirut.






eastern ghouta residents 'mock' ceasefire as killing continues | news


residents of syria's eastern ghouta are "mocking" a so-called ceasefire in the area, as bombardments by the syrian government and russia continue, according to doctors and local activists. at least five civilians were killed on thursday in attacks on several towns in rebel-held eastern ghouta - a suburb of the capital damascus - activist abdelmalik aboud told al jazeera from the town of douma.fayez orabi, the spokesperson for the opposition's health directorate in damascus and its suburbs, and the uk-based monitoring group syrian observatory for human rights, confirmed the numbers.the syrian civil defense - a volunteer rescue group also known as the white helmets - said a child was killed in the attacks. 5 civilians were killed "including a little girl" until this moment after many airstri






besieged civilians in eastern ghouta await un aid | news


the two major rebel groups in syria's eastern ghouta welcomed on saturday a un resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across the country to allow aid access and medical evacuations.but it is still unclear whether it will bring any relief for besieged civilians in eastern ghouta.al jazeera's osama bin javaid reports from turkey's border with syria.






syria's war: eastern ghouta ceasefire violations kill four | syria news


at least four civilians have been killed during a truce in syria's eastern ghouta, activists said, as syrian government forces launched fresh attacks in the rebel-held damascus suburb.syrian warplanes launched several air raids in douma and harasta on tuesday, mahmoud adam, a spokesman for syria's civil defence, also known as the white helmets, told al jazeera.in douma, one of eastern ghouta's main towns, four people, including a woman, lost their lives and several others have been wounded, adam said.alaa al-ahmed, a local activist, told al jazeera that the attacks started at 9:30am (7:30 gmt) on tuesday, 30 minutes after a russia-backed ceasefire began.the truce was meant to allow civilians to evacuate from the rebel-held enclave, which has been under continuous aerial bombardment since f






syria: over 136 people killed in eastern ghouta | news


russian and syrian government forces have killed at least 136 civilians over the past 48 hours in eastern ghouta, a suburb of the capital damascus, according to residents and monitoring groups.at least 22 children and 21 women are among the dead."scenes of entire buildings, housing whole families crashing down with ... women, children and men still inside have become a frequent image," abu salem al-shami, a resident and activist, told al jazeera by phone from eastern ghouta.eastern ghouta has been under opposition control since 2013.al jazeera's osama bin javaid reports.






syria's war: eastern ghouta ceasefire violations kill two | syria news


at least two civilians have been killed less than two hours into a truce in syria's eastern ghouta, activists said, as syrian government forces launched fresh attacks in the rebel-held damascus suburb.syrian warplanes launched several air raids in douma and harasta on tuesday, mahmoud adam, a spokesman for syria's civil defence, also known as the white helmets, told al jazeera.in douma, one of eastern ghouta's main towns, two people, including a woman, lost their lives and several others have been wounded, adam said.alaa al-ahmed, a local activist, told al jazeera that the attacks started at 9:30am (7:30 gmt) on tuesday, 30 minutes after a russia-backed ceasefire began.the truce was meant to allow civilians to evacuate from the rebel-held enclave, which has been under continuous aerial bom






syria war: new un truce plea as deaths in eastern ghouta mount


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captiona doctor in eastern ghouta says there is still shelling, but "the level is less than before"the un has renewed its appeal for an immediate truce in the besieged syrian rebel-held eastern ghouta area, amid reports of more deaths in air strikes.the un security council voted for a 30-day nationwide ceasefire on saturday, but no start date was given.on monday, un secretary-general antónio guterres said that it was "high time to stop this hell on earth".he spoke as activists reported that nine civilians were killed in a government strike on the town of douma. at least 541 people have been killed by government air and artillery strikes since hostilities escalated eight days ago, according to a medical charity.the eastern ghouta is the last






syria war: new un truce plea as deaths in eastern ghouta mount


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captiona doctor in eastern ghouta says there is still shelling, but "the level is less than before"the un has renewed its appeal for an immediate truce in the besieged syrian rebel-held eastern ghouta area, amid reports of more deaths in air strikes.the un security council demanded on saturday that all parties cease fighting for 30 days "without delay".but the syrian government's ally russia said the truce would begin only once they had agreed how to implement it.it came as activists reported that nine civilians were killed in a government air strike on the town of douma. at least 541 people have been killed by government air and artillery strikes since hostilities escalated eight days ago, according to a medical charity.the eastern ghouta






russia: 52 civilians escape syria's eastern ghouta


moscow — the russian military says more than 50 civilians have evacuated from besieged eastern ghouta suburbs of syria's capital damascus."today, 52 civilians, including 26 children, were brought from eastern ghouta," said maj. gen. vladimir zolotukhin of the russian center for reconciliation of syria's warring parties, on sunday.the britain-based syrian observatory for human rights monitoring group says an indiscriminate campaign of government and russian air strikes and shelling has killed some 1,100 civilians in rebel-held eastern ghouta over the past three weeks.the u.n. estimates there are 400,000 civilians trapped in the siege.russia and the syrian government have accused rebels of blocking civilians from fleeing the violence.zolotukhin said sunday that the evacuees will receive "all






more than 136 people killed in syria's eastern ghouta | news


russian and syrian government forces have killed at least 136 civilians over the past 48 hours in eastern ghouta, a suburb of the capital damascus, according to residents and monitoring groups.on monday, 30 civilians were killed in air raids; on the following day, 80 more were killed, and on wednesday, another 26 were killed.at least 22 children and 21 women were among the dead. "scenes of entire buildings, housing whole families crashing down with the residents - women, children and men - still inside have become a frequent image," abu salem al-shami, a resident and activist, told al jazeera by phone from eastern ghouta, an area that has been under opposition control since 2013.the syrian observatory for human rights (sohr), a uk-based monitoring group, says tuesday marked the "largest ma






syria crisis: life under siege in eastern ghouta | news


eastern ghouta has been under siege since 2013.residents have been forced to find creative ways to survive, when all supply lines have been blocked.al jazeera's osama bin javaid reports from gaziantep, near the turkey-syria border.






syria war: 'gas attack' kills child in eastern ghouta | news


health officials in the rebel-held enclave of eastern ghouta are accusing syrian government forces of using chlorine gas in their aerial bombardment campaign in the damascus suburb.syria's civil defense, also known as the white helmets, said on sunday that at least one child died as a result of suffocation on their official twitter account.according to the syrian opposition's interim government, symptoms of cases were “consistent with exposure to toxic chlorine gas”.the opposition’s health ministry said in a statement several people were admitted to the al-shifaniyah’s medical facilities.symptoms include “dyspnea, intensive irritation of the mucus membrane, irritation of the eyes and dizziness”.at least 18 people were treated with oxygen nebulizing sessions, the statement added.many women






russia: 52 civilians escape syria’s eastern ghouta


moscow (ap) — the russian military says more than 50 civilians have evacuated from besieged eastern ghouta suburbs of syria’s capital damascus.“today, 52 civilians, including 26 children, were brought from eastern ghouta,” said maj. gen. vladimir zolotukhin of the russian center for reconciliation of syria’s warring parties, on sunday.the britain-based syrian observatory for human rights monitoring group says an indiscriminate campaign of government and russian air strikes and shelling has killed some 1,100 civilians in rebel-held eastern ghouta over the past three weeks.the u.n. estimates there are 400,000 civilians trapped in the siege.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksrussia and the syrian government have accused rebels of blocking civilians from fl






syria war: 'gas attack' kills child in eastern ghouta | news


health officials in the rebel-held enclave of eastern ghouta are accusing syrian government forces of using chlorine gas in their aerial bombardment campaign in the damascus suburb.syria's civil defense, also known as the white helmets, said on sunday that at least one child died as a result of suffocation on their official twitter account.according to the syrian opposition's interim government, victims were showing symptoms "consistent with exposure to toxic chlorine gas".the opposition's health ministry said in a statement that several people were admitted to medical facilities in nearby al-shifoniyah.symptoms include "dyspnea, intensive irritation of the mucus membrane, irritation of the eyes and dizziness", the ministry said.at least 18 people were treated with oxygen nebulising sessio






russia: thousands more fleeing eastern ghouta via corridor


moscow — russia's military says more than 11,000 people have left syria's besieged eastern ghouta outside the capital damascus in the past few hours as government forces step up an offensive on the rebel enclave.maj. gen. vladimir zolotukhin was quoted by russian news agencies as saying that some 3,000 people have been leaving every hour saturday through a government-run humanitarian corridor monitored by the russian military.zolotukhin is spokesman for the russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in syria.airstrikes in syria killed more than 100 people on friday as civilians fled en masse. under cover of allied russian air power, syrian government forces have been on a crushing offensive for three weeks on eastern ghouta.the weekslong violence has left more than 1,300 civi






syrian civilians flee embattled eastern ghouta and afrin | news


civilians continue to flee syria's eastern ghouta and afrin in record numbers as syrian and turkish military operations continue against their respective foes.roughly 50,000 people have fled the two areas - 20,000 from eastern ghouta, a damascus suburb, and 30,000 from afrin, in syria's kurdish-dominated northeast - according to some counts.eastern ghouta has been at the centre of fighting between rebels and president bashar al-assad's russian-backed forces in recent days.the syrian observatory for human rights (sohr) has said 46 civilians, including at least six children, were killed in air strikes in the kafr batna district on friday morning.the russian defence ministry estimated that 2,000 people more people left eastern ghouta on friday morning.for his part, bashar al-jaafari, syria's






syrian civilians flee embattled eastern ghouta and afrin | news


civilians continue to flee syria's eastern ghouta and afrin in record numbers as syrian and turkish military operations continue against their respective foes.roughly 50,000 people have fled the two areas - 20,000 from eastern ghouta, a damascus suburb, and 30,000 from afrin, in syria's kurdish-dominated northeast - according to some counts.eastern ghouta has been at the centre of fighting between rebels and president bashar al-assad's russian-backed forces in recent days.the syrian observatory for human rights (sohr) has said 46 civilians, including at least six children, were killed in air strikes in the kafr batna district on friday morning.the russian defence ministry estimated that 2,000 people more people left eastern ghouta on friday morning.for his part, bashar al-jaafari, syria's






syrian civilians flee embattled eastern ghouta and afrin | news


civilians continue to flee syria's eastern ghouta and afrin in record numbers as syrian and turkish military operations continue against their respective foes.roughly 50,000 people have fled the two areas - 20,000 from eastern ghouta, a damascus suburb, and 30,000 from afrin, in syria's kurdish-dominated northeast - according to some counts.eastern ghouta has been at the centre of fighting between rebels and president bashar al-assad's russian-backed forces in recent days.the syrian observatory for human rights (sohr) has said 46 civilians, including at least six children, were killed in air raids in the kafr batna district on friday morning.the russian defence ministry estimated that 2,000 people more people left eastern ghouta on friday morning.for his part, bashar al-jaafari, syria's am






more than 110 people killed in syria's eastern ghouta | news


russia and the syrian government forces have killed at least 110 civilians over the past 48 hours in eastern ghouta, a suburb of the capital damascus, according to residents and monitoring groups.on monday, 30 civilians were killed in air raids, while on the following day, 80 more were killed. at least 22 children and 21 women were among the dead. "scenes of entire buildings, housing whole families crashing down with the residents - women, children and men - still inside have become a frequent image," abu salem al-shami, a resident and activist, told al jazeera by phone from eastern ghouta, an area that has been under opposition control since 2013.the syrian observatory for human rights (sohr), a uk-based monitoring group, says tuesday marked the "largest massacre in syria" since april's c






syria's war: eastern ghouta ceasefire violations kill two | news


at least two civilians have been killed less than two hours into a truce in syria's eastern ghouta, activists said, as syrian government forces launched fresh attacks in the rebel-held damascus suburb. syrian warplanes launched several air strikes in douma and harasta on tuesday, mahmoud adam, a spokesman for syria's civil defence, also known as the white helmets, told al jazeera. in douma, one of eastern ghouta's main towns, two people, including a woman, lost their lives and several others have been wounded, adam said. alaa al-ahmed, a local activist, told al jazeera that the attacks started at 9:30am (7:30 gmt) on tuesday, 30 minutes after a russia-backed ceasefire began.  the truce was meant to allow civilians to evacuate from the rebel-held enclave, which has been under continuous aer






microsoft q2 strong, says commercial cloud tops $14 billion annual run rate


more tech earningsmicrosoft reported strong second quarter results, as the company said its commercial cloud annual run rate tops $14 billion.commercial cloud run rate is calculated by taking revenue from the last month of the quarter for office 365 commercial, azure, dynamics 365, and other cloud properties and multiplying it by 12. the company's various business units are intersecting with the cloud. for instance, microsoft said that four out of five new dynamics enterprise customers went with the cloud-based dynamics 365. microsoft has also broadened its reach as the company noted that 65 million monthly active devices are using office on ios and android, double the amount last year. in addition, surface revenue was $1.32 billion in the second quarter, down from $1.35 billion a year ago