Syria death toll nears 500 as bombing continues in Ghouta

Syria death toll nears 500 as bombing continues in Ghouta

Bombing raids have killed more Syrians in the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta before a delayed UN vote on a ceasefire to allow medical and food aid to reach civilians, reports The Guardian.

Nearly a week into one of the most fierce assaults of Syria’s long civil war, nearly 500 people were dead and hundreds more injured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The scale of the attacks from barrel bombs and other missiles was making it hard to find and count the dead, rescuers said.

The civil defence rescue service, known as the White Helmets, said it had documented at least 350 deaths in the first four days of the attacks.

“Maybe there are many more,” Siraj Mahmoud, a spokesman for the group told Reuters. “We weren’t able to count the martyrs yesterday or the day before because the warplanes are touring the skies.”

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