Children walk over rubble carrying a bag of bread after regime airstrikes in Erbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta. REUTERS/Amer Almohibany
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The siege around Eastern Ghouta near Damascus has tightened, Medecins sans Frontieres has reported, after a month that witnessed the greatest regime brutality in the war thus far on the area.Aug. 16 witnessed what has widely been described as a massacre, as "double-tap" airstrikes by the Syrian government killed well over 100 people in one afternoon, and came amid 20 concurrent days of heavy regime attacks in which at least 150 people were treated for war wounds every day. MSF supports 13 makeshift hospitals across Eastern Ghouta, but they are overstretched and close to breaking point.On top of that, the conditions of the siege are intensifying, meaning even medical evacuations are no longer possible, and the area under siege has expanded, the MSF statement adds.Janssens said that MSF is aware of 400 amputations which occurred in Eastern Ghouta in August.
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