Red Cross chief travels with aid convoy to Syria's rebel Ghouta

Red Cross chief travels with aid convoy to Syria's rebel Ghouta

"There was no water, no electricity, no education for the children", said another man from Hammouriyeh, Amer al-Shourbaji. "They hid behind our backs", a young man who came from the militant-held territory told RT.

"Our fear is that after eastern Ghouta we may see tremendous battles now in and around Idlib (in the far northwest) and, in the south, Deraa", he said.

According to Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, the organization's first responders were unable to reach the wounded in several other towns in eastern Ghouta because of the intensity of the government assault.

Air strikes, rocket fire, and shells have slammed into Ghouta for almost a month as the Syrian army pressed an offensive against rebels there.

Fighting has raged on there despite a U.N. Security Council demand for a ceasefire. Ankara has said that the operation would also target the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the YPG's political wing and the remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. They say rebels are preventing civilians from escaping. The rebels seized Hamouriyeh more than five years ago. Gen. Vladimir Zolotukhin said some 100 people are expected to be evacuated on Thursday. The opposition says that amounts to forced displacement.

After the Syrian army opened a corridor following a late-night advance, the civilians were seen fleeing to an area held by the Syrian government on foot, in cars and on motorcycles.

"We're afraid for their lives and how they might be treated".

"People are going insane, we don't know what awaits us", she said. Al-Mayadeen TV showed buses waiting to pick up civilians.

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We review the key developments in Syria, including an aid convoy entering Eastern Ghouta, Turkish shelling on Afrin, and a United Nations adviser expressing fears of looming battles in Syria's remaining rebel strongholds.

In a similar development, a convoy delivering aid to thousands of displaced Syrian families has entered the besieged terrorist-held region of eastern Ghouta, as Russian Federation announced an extended "humanitarian pause" in fighting.

"This is just a little of what these families need", the ICRC said.

The military also said, "utmost importance" is being placed on not harming any civilians.

One Turkish soldier was killed on March 15 after a hand-made explosive detonated during "Operation Olive Branch", which started on January 20 to remove People's Protection Units (YPG) militants from Syria's Afrin.

Last Friday, 13 truckloads of aid entered Douma with 2,400 food parcels and 3,240 bags of wheat flour.

The Syrian army has captured over 62 percent of Eastern Ghouta in recent days, as part of an ongoing offensive to dislodge rebels from the key areas on the eastern rim of Damascus. "The warplanes are targeting anything that moves", Ismail al-Khateeb said late Wednesday.

"Praise God.the families are coming out to suitable locations to the state's embrace", an army officer said on state television on Thursday.

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