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Heavy clashes on edges of Syria's Ghouta: Monitor

Syrian regime forces were engaged in heavy fighting with rebels in southern areas of opposition-held Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, a day after a UN call for a ceasefire

Published: 25th February 2018 06:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2018 06:52 PM   |  A+A-

Members of the Syrian Civil Defense run to help survivors from a street that attacked by airstrikes | AP

By AFP

BEIRUT: Syrian regime forces were engaged in heavy fighting with rebels in southern areas of opposition-held Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, a day after a UN call for a ceasefire, a monitor said.

The clashes on the edges of Eastern Ghouta killed at least 13 members of pro-regime forces and six fighters from the Jaish al-Islam rebel group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Violent clashes are taking place in the Al-Marj area, which is a frontline" of the rebel-held enclave near Damascus, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

"They are the most violent clashes to take place since the beginning of the month," he added.

Mohamed Alloush, a key figure in the Jaish al-Islam, tweeted that the rebels were "resisting" against bids by regime forces to enter the region.

More than 500 civilians have been killed in a bombing campaign launched a week ago by regime forces on Eastern Ghouta.

According to the Observatory and a Syrian pro-regime newspaper, the clashes are aimed at paving the way for a ground offensive by government forces against Eastern Ghouta.

The clashes came a day after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria "without delay" to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations.



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