Syrian regime forces continued their offensive against Eastern Ghouta Sunday, a day after they cut off the rebel-held enclave’s largest town، pressing on with a 20-day assault that has left more than 1،000 civilians dead.
Government troops and allied militia launched their military campaign for Eastern Ghouta on February 18 and have since overrun more than half of the area, defying global calls for a halt to the violence, France 24 reported.
The assault has followed a divide-and-conquer strategy، eating away at rebel-held territory، and government forces on Saturday successfully isolated Ghouta’s main town of Douma in a blow for the beleaguered rebels.
Regime fighters cut off a road linking Douma with the town of Harasta further west and also captured the town of Misraba، according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Rescue workers and medics were struggling to navigate the town’s rubble-littered roads to bring wounded residents back to field hospitals.
At least 20 civilians — including four children — were killed in Douma on Saturday، in addition to 17 civilians in other battlefront towns، said the Observatory.
The deaths raised the assault’s total toll to 1140 civilians, including 219 children, according to the Observatory. More than 4350 have been wounded.