UN investigating reports of chlorine attacks in Syria

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Opposition-held Ghouta is under siege from loyalist forces backed by Iran and Russian Federation.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said some of the missiles struck ammunition depots in Jamraya.

Fresh regime strikes on a besieged rebel-held enclave near Damascus killed close to 70 civilians on Tuesday despite mounting Western pressure on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

The White Helmets said airstrikes targeting the village of Termala in Idlib on Tuesday killed three people. SOHR estimates 403 civilians including 103 children have been killed in east Ghouta since December 29, 2017.

The official said no United States troops were killed or wounded in the attack, which was carried out by some 500 fighters, but one Syrian fighter allied with the coalition was wounded.

"Eastern Ghouta is a de-escalation area".

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The UN Security Council is to hold a closed-door meeting Thursday to discuss an appeal for a month-long humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, diplomats said.

The local government said on Wednesday that all schools were closed due to the heavy bombardments on Eastern Ghouta, home to an estimated 400,000 people who are living with little access to food, fuel and healthcare under the tightening siege. We implore the global community to speak with one voice, taking every opportunity to publicly pressure the Assad regime, and its supporters, to cease its use of chemical weapons and hold those responsible accountable for these brutal attacks.

The SSRC is promoted by the Syrian government as a civilian research institute but the United States accuses the agency of focusing on the development of non-conventional weapons and the means to deliver them. The offensive against Idlib hit hospitals over the weekend while a suspected chlorine gas attack on the town of Saraqeb caused 11 people to struggle to breathe, according to medics. In the Idlib province that is now held by rebels, six others were killed by air strikes.

Independent bodies have identified the Syrian regime as being responsible for a number of sarin chemical strikes on opposition areas in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib province, which have left hundreds dead. It said one of its workers was also killed by an airstrike while responding to a call for rescue in the area. Al-Qaida-linked militants said they downed the Su-25 in Idlib on Saturday by a portable air defence missile.

"The conflict in Syria is far from over", Moumtzis said.

Also Tuesday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani criticized Turkey's ongoing offensive against USA -backed Syrian Kurdish fighters in the Syrian enclave of Afrin, saying it doesn't serve the interests of any country in the region.

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