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Syrian Rebel Group Agrees to Deal for Evacuating Ghouta Wounded

Syrian Rebel Group Agrees to Deal for Evacuating Ghouta Wounded

The sound of blasts could be heard.

Turkey has been battling the YPG in Afrin since January 20. "Everyone is very scared of what's coming now that the Turkish occupying forces are getting closer to the town's centre", said resident Serbest Hassan. Ankara considers the YPG a terror organisation linked to its own Kurdish insurgency.

More than 200 children have been killed in bombardment of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta by Syrian regime and allied forces since February, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. In video filmed inside the town, one man cowering in a heavily damaged shelter in Douma said: "It is completely uninhabitable".

The town's opposition-controlled authorities said on Monday the situation there had become "catastrophic", with no more room below ground for civilians to hide.

About 85 percent of the dead were civilians killed by the forces of the Syrian government and its allies, the Observatory said.

The civilians used a corridor established by the Syrian army amid military gains that have effectively divided eastern Ghouta into three parts.

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Mina, the daughter of the Turkish businessman Husesin Basaran, had planned her wedding for next month, news agencies reported. At the time of its departure, the plane had eight passengers (six Turkish and two Spanish) and three crew members on board.

The assault is one of the heaviest in the war, which enters its eighth year this week.

Activists and locals raised alarm on Monday, saying more than 30,000 people under siege in the town of Harasta in Eastern Ghouta may be facing a "genocide" after the Syrian army split the rebel enclave on Sunday.

Syrian government forces have taken farmland and marched into towns, squeezing the pocket in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

Rebel groups in eastern Ghouta have vowed they will fight on.

There were further talks on Sunday and Monday, after which Jaysh al-Islam announced that "an agreement was reached with the Russian side through the United Nations for a humanitarian medical evacuation of the wounded for treatment outside of Eastern Ghouta".

It communicated with Russian Federation through the United Nations to reach the agreement, it said.

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Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar said it was another rueful and unethical episode of such incidents. PML-N leader and Railway Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique said those afraid of popularity of PML-N are behind such incidents.

On Monday, Syrian forces pounded two rebel towns in Eastern Ghouta, pressing on with a Russia-backed offensive that has so far allowed government fighters to retake almost 60 percent of the enclave.

Jaysh al-Islam said the evacuations would take place in stages, but it did not say when they would begin.

On Feb. 24, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2401, which calls for a month-long ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The hardline Islamist groups include the Islamic State group and a former Al-Qaeda affiliate.

France is prepared to launch targeted strikes against any site in Syria used to deploy chemical attacks that result in the deaths of civilians, President Emmanuel Macron said. "There's an bad lot of reports about chlorine gas use or about symptoms that could be resulting from chlorine gas", Mattis said.

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