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Children in Ghouta Living an Endless Nightmare

At least 260 people were killed and 500 injured in the rebel held-enclave of Eastern Ghouta between Monday and Tuesday evening, the Syrian American Medical Society, SAMS, said on Wednesday.

The Damascus Media Center monitoring group said another 45 deaths had been reported in Eastern Ghouta on Wednesday.

The intensified bombardment in recent weeks of Eastern Ghouta, an area outside Damascus that has been besieged by the regime of Bashar al-Assad for years, has drawn international condemnation.

International Condemnation

Amnesty International said “flagrant war crimes” were being committed on an “epic scale” there, and the UN children’s agency UNICEF published a symbolic blank statement, saying in a footnote there were “no words” to describe the suffering of children.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described it as “hell on Earth.”

Nearly 400,000 people are trapped in Eastern Ghouta, many of them in desperate need of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations.

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