Syria: Damascus Turns Into A Graveyard, 250 People Killed In 48 Hours

250 dead in Syria's Eastern Ghouta in 48 hours: Rights group

He welcomed efforts by Sweden and Kuwait who are drafting a Security Council resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Syria calling for a 30-day ceasefire.

The civilians of the war-ravaged town of Ghouta in Eastern Syria are pleading for worldwide attention after the pro-government forces backed by Russian Federation, pounded the city in a relentless offensive that reportedly killed more than 250 people in the past 48 hours, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Pro-government forces fired rockets and dropped barrel bombs from helicopters on the towns and villages of the rural district just outside Damascus, where rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad have their last big redoubt near the capital, it added.

Some 400,000 people are "living in hell on earth", Guterres said during his address to UN Security Council ministerial briefing on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter in the maintenance of global peace and security.

The Syrian regime has only allowed one aid convoy to enter the territory this year.

The pace of the bombardment appeared to slacken overnight, but its intensity resumed on Wednesday morning, said the monitoring group, which puts the death toll in the past 48 hours at about 250 people.

Hundreds of Syrian pro-government forces entered the region for the first time since 2012 to face off against Turkey alongside Kurdish forces that Ankara views as an offshoot of its own internal insurgency.

"We are waiting [for] our turn to die". According to it, "nearly 400,000 people in Eastern Ghouta have been subjected to airstrikes, shelling and bombardment" and "over 700 individuals require immediate medical evacuation".

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According to her, "wounded victims are dying only because they can not be treated in time".

Syrian state TV later reported live from the streets of Damascus to show what it called the people's "steadfastness" despite the shelling. "There is no food, no markets", he said.

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross has asked for access to eastern Ghouta, where 1,400 people have been wounded. This is madness and it has to stop.

The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations, a group of foreign agencies that fund hospitals in opposition-held parts of Syria, said eight medical facilities in eastern Ghouta had been attacked on Tuesday.

Russian Federation has waged an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces since September 2015. They also deny using the inaccurate explosive barrel bombs dropped from helicopters whose use has been condemned by the United Nations.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington was "deeply concerned" by the rising violence in Ghouta.

The residents of the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Ghouta believe that the worldwide community has given up hope and abandoned them at the conflict-stricken city with no food, medicine or shelter.

Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the government, said the bombing campaign "comes ahead of a vast operation on Ghouta, which may start on the ground at any moment".