An global 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.
An worldwide aid convoy cut short its mission to Eastern Ghouta after delivering desperately needed aid as the regime pounded the region on Monday.
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.
The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons, saying it surrendered its stockpiles after signing the global ban in 2013.
Later it reported 18 people suffered breathing difficulties following a strike by a military aircraft in Hammuriyeh, without being able to specify the cause of the illnesses.
It condemned "the indiscriminate use of heavy weapons and aerial bombardments against civilians, and the alleged use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta".
Washington also condemned "the military attack, which the Assad regime supported by Russian Federation and Iran is conducting against the people in Eastern ghouta" and accused the authorities of Syria and Russian Federation of "killing innocent civilians".
The Russian Defense Ministry said militants could leave with their families and personal weapons through a secure corridor out of eastern Ghouta, where government forces are making rapid gains in a fierce assault.
Their latest report, which covers the six months that ended January 15, states that "victims of the Syrian conflict have suffered greatly as violence countrywide re-escalated to new heights".
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.
A convoy of 6 vehicles, organized by the United Nations and its humanitarian partners, brought enough food for more than 27,000 people into the city. "If you don't let civilians leave the districts you control, we are ready to guarantee a safe passage from eastern Ghouta to you and your families", said General Yury Yevtushenko, head of the Russian center for the reconciliation of sides in Syria, according to Interfax. Russian Federation has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, helping him turn the tide of the bloody civil war in his favor.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said 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 "deescalation zone" under an agreement reached between Turkey, Russia, and Iran.
At least 19 people were killed in the town of Hammuriyeh on Monday, the Observatory said.