Syrian regime advances on Ghouta

Syrian regime advances on Ghouta
By Emily Commander
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Syrian government tanks have advanced on Hammouriyeh. Whilst the regime pushes to reclaim the rebel held Ghouta enclave, the UN is calling for urgent civilian evacuations.


Syrian regime forces are entered the town of Hammouriyeh on Wednesday as part of the government's ongoing push to reclaim the rebel-held Ghouta enclave.

The battle has become one of the bloodiest of the war, with opposition fighters increasingly besieged.

On Tuesday a group of sick and injured civilians left eastern Ghouta under the first medical evacuation since the offensive began in February.

A 25-truck convoy carrying food and medical aid is scheduled to enter Douma on Thursday

The UN says 400,000 civilians are trapped in eastern Ghouta with little food or medicine. It has called for the urgent evacuation of 1,000 people for medical reasons.

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