Syrian children ride their bike past destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Zamalka, in Eastern Ghouta on April 5, 2018. (AFP / STRINGER)
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The Syrian government unleashed a ferocious assault on the then-rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta on February 18, aiming to crush Islamist and jihadist groups on the doorstep of the capital.The onslaught has killed more than 1,600 civilians, many of them children, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.After weeks of attacks, rebels and their families started evacuating last month under deals overseen by regime-ally Russia that have now allowed the government to take control of 95 percent of the enclave.The strikes continue on February 19 when 127 civilians are killed.On February 20 Russian air strikes reportedly target the enclave for the first time in three months. More than 42,000 rebels and civilians are evacuated to Idlib.
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