Syria’s Ghouta suf­fers dead­li­est vi­o­lence in years of civil war

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Syr­ian pro- govern­ment forces be­gan an ex­tended bom­bard­ment of east­ern Ghouta, a rebel- held dis­trict just out­side of Dam­as­cus, killing hun­dreds of peo­ple and in­jur­ing well over a thou­sand. Rock­ets, shells, airstrikes, and bar­rel bombs rained on the area through­out Fe­bru­ary, in­ten­si­fy­ing around Fe­bru­ary 18, as troops gath­ered nearby in prepa­ra­tion for a pos­si­ble ground as­sault. The UN said six hos­pi­tals were hit dur­ing the at­tacks. An es­ti­mated 127 peo­ple were killed on Fe­bru­ary 19 alone, ac­cord­ing to the UK- based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, mark­ing the dead­li­est sin­gle day of the Syr­ian civil war in three years. On Fe­bru­ary 24, the UN Sec­re­tary Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously in fa­vor of a 30- day coun­try- wide cease­fire, which would also al­low for the de­liv­ery of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid in the dis­trict, but the Syr­ian govern­ment’s at­tacks con­tin­ued af­ter the vote. How­ever, with the bom­bard­ment of Ghouta still on­go­ing, it re­mains to be seen if the truce will be fully im­ple­mented.

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