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Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Members of Syrian civil defence forces evacuate a victim of an air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus on Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region

Fresh bombardment hit the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Friday, AFP correspondents reported, the fifth straight day of a bombing campaign that has killed more than 240 civilians.

Syrian warplanes and artillery have battered the enclave’s towns since Monday, trapping thousands of families in makeshift bomb shelters and overwhelming rescue workers.

World powers failed to back an appeal by U.N. officials for a monthlong cease-fire to allow for desperately needed aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

Eastern Ghouta is home to an estimated 400,000 people who have lived under a crippling government siege since 2013.

More than 4,000 families live in basements and bunkers for fear of airstrikes.

Relief organizations on Friday warned that the intensity of the airstrikes was hampering lifesaving aid operations. (AFP)

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