More than 1000 need medical evacuation from Syria's Ghouta

The conflict began after mass protests against President Assad in March 2011 dragging in regional and global powers and forcing millions of people to flee their homes

The conflict began after mass protests against President Assad in March 2011 dragging in regional and global powers and forcing millions of people to flee their homes

French President Emmanuel Macron meanwhile said France is prepared to launch targeted strikes against any site in Syria used to deploy chemical attacks that result in the deaths of civilians.

According to Hassoun, some former residents of Harasta - who had left the town five years ago - are trying to negotiate with the Assad government on behalf of those still in the town so that they might be allowed to leave the enclave safely.

The United States on Monday warned it was ready to act in Syria if needed to end chemical attacks and "inhuman suffering" as it pushed for a new 30-day ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta.

Meanwhile, the United States has also slammed Syria for its use of chemical weapons while charging that Russian Federation bears substantial responsibility for the regime's atrocities.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said the bombings in Ghouta have only gotten worse since the Security Council called for the ceasefire, noting that the Syrian government - helped by Russian Federation and China - has significantly increased its controlled territory in the region.

Syrian regime forces advanced against rebels in Eastern Ghouta and pounded two towns with air strikes on Monday (Mar 12), as they moved closer to retaking the opposition enclave on the edge of Damascus. "There's an very bad lot of reports about chlorine gas use or about symptoms that could be resulting from chlorine gas", he said.

Visiting Oman, Mattis stopped short of threatening to retaliate against Syrian forces if a chlorine attack were confirmed.

The United States bombed a Syrian government air base past year over a deadly chemical weapons attack.

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Russia, which backs Syria's government in the civil war, and the United States, which has backed rebel forces seeking to topple Assad, met secretly in Jordan in June and announced a ceasefire in Syria's southwest a month later.

"Now the center of Afrin is surrounded and our entry is imminent", Erdogan said in a televised speech on Friday, according to Reuters. But Faylaq al-Rahman, one of the two main rebel groups in the region, issued a statement rejecting the prospect of an exit, the AP said.

Antonio Guterres' remarks on Monday came as government forces continued for a third week to launch air strikes and advance a ground offensive into the Damascus suburb that has been under rebel control since mid-2013.

Syrian state television reported on Sunday that rebel mortar fire had killed four people after hitting a taxi.

Rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta have vowed they will fight on.

Backed by Russian war planes and other military assistance since 2015, Assad has gained momentum on several fronts across the country, driving rebels from numerous pockets and recapturing swathes of the east from Islamic State.

The deaths among the regime-allied and militia fighters include 1,630 from Lebanon's Hezbollah and 7,686 from other foreign Shia groups.

Since the war has spread across areas like Damascus.

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