United Nations investigators had previously reported Russia's critical role in the war in the two years since it stepped in to rescue of President Bashar al-Assad's faltering army, but a panel member, Hanny Megally, said this was the first time the commission had been able to nail down Russian involvement in a specific incident.
5, 2018. Desperate for food and basic medicines, numerous besieged and bombarded Syrian civilians in Damascus' eastern suburbs of Ghouta awaited Monday for a 46-truck convoy organized by the United Nations and key aid agencies to enter the rebel-held enclave.
The Observatory said the Syrian government forces brought in reinforcements to take part in the Eastern Ghouta battle, placing the number of the backup soldiers at 700.
Dujarric said almost half of the food carried on the convoy could not be delivered.
Russian Federation and Syria have claimed that rebels are holding civilians captive in eastern Ghouta to serve as human shields, while rebel groups say civilians fear conscription or arrest if they enter regime territory. Ali al-Za'tari, asked the government to commit to a ceasefire on Thursday to allow more aid in.
Laerke said the team found a desperate situation for people who have endured months without access to humanitarian aid.
A ministry statement said the fighters could take their guns and their families, but did not specify where they would go.
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The mission on Monday to the area known as eastern Ghouta was cut short after the government shelling escalated while the aid workers were still inside, calling into question future aid shipments to the encircled region, the last major opposition stronghold near the capital.
At least 84 people were killed and about another 150 were wounded in the attack.
The United Nations resident and humanitarian coordinator in Syria.
It came as it emerged that children inside eastern Ghouta are surviving on a single meal a day of boiled wheat mixed with sugar. The U.N. investigators had previously documented 33 chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It says the rebels are also free to leave the enclave with their weapons and families unhindered.
On Monday, an worldwide convoy of humanitarian aid trucks cut short its mission to deliver supplies in eastern Ghouta after government forces continued their aerial bombardment and ground assault.
Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Tuesday that the camps would be built in a zone controlled by Turkish-backed forces, as well as in Idlib province where Turkish forces are trying to establish a "de-escalation zone" under an agreement reached between Turkey, Russia and Iran.
A ground offensive has followed the air campaign, with government forces retaking more than 30 per cent of the area of towns and farms in the last few days, seeking to split the rebel enclave into two to divide fighters.
Turkey sent troops into the Afrin enclave on January 20 to drive out Syrian Kurdish fighters it considers to be terrorists.