Government troops have advanced rapidly across farmland in Eastern Ghouta in the past week, a monitor says, and as of early Tuesday controlled 40 percent of the enclave, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Russian military insisted the cargo plane did not come under fire, while saying it would conduct a full investigation.
An global aid convoy cut short its mission to Eastern Ghouta after delivering desperately needed aid as the regime pounded the region on Monday.
An worldwide aid convoy to the besieged Syrian opposition enclave of Eastern Ghouta has been forced to cut short its mission due to heavy bombardments by the Syrian regime.
More than 340,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-regime protests.
Regime warplanes pounded Eastern Ghouta including the main town of Douma early Tuesday, as well as the towns of Sabqa and Hammuriyeh overnight, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.
The United Nations estimates 400,000 people are trapped under a government siege in the area.
Syrian armed opposition units have no plans to leave Eastern Ghouta, a spokesman for the Feilak ar-Rahman group told the Al-Arabiya TV channel on Tuesday.
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And three US -led coalition strikes on a school near Raqqa in March 2017 killed 150 residents - roughly five times the toll acknowledged by the Pentagon, which said at the time that dozens of militants and not civilians were killed.
Russian Federation has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, helping him the tide of the bloody civil war in his favor.
And the awaited summit on Syria of leaders of three countries that act as guarantors of the Astana process - Russia, Turkey and Iran - is scheduled to take place in Istanbul at the beginning of April, according to a Turkish foreign ministry spokesman, who did not mention a specific day.
Among other key findings, it said that an air strike by a "Russian fixed-wing aircraft" using unguided weapons last November hit a market killing at least 84 people in Atareb, west of Aleppo, in a "de-escalation zone" declared by Russia, Iran and Turkey.
Turkey has also launched a campaign to oust a Syrian Kurdish militia from the enclave of Afrin that Ankara considers to be "terrorist" and linked to an insurgency within Turkey's own borders. "They looked exhausted", Pawel Krzysiek of the International Committee of the Red Cross said afterwards.
Monday's aid shipment was the first to enter eastern Ghouta amid weeks of a crippling siege and a government assault that has killed close to 800 civilians since February 18.
Iyad Abdelaziz, a member of the Douma Local Council, said nine aid trucks had to leave the area after government shelling and airstrikes intensified in the evening.