A UNICEF volunteer examines a child as a United Nations delegation visits a hospital in al-Shaffuniyah, in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, on February 14, 2018. AFP / Hamza Al-Ajweh
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A new report released Friday details the "critical" humanitarian risks facing those in Eastern Ghouta, as civilians say they are at breaking point after the latest wave of fierce airstrikes and shelling.The research comes as at least 250 civilians, including 104 women and children, were killed in just five days last week.The military campaign from Feb. 5-9 was the bloodiest seen in Eastern Ghouta since 2014, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group reported.According to the report, 93 percent of its infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, and it now has no civilian population.In Arbin, an area that witnessed some of the highest civilian death tolls during the recent airstrikes, at least 1,733 structures are now destroyed or severely damaged, the report says.As civilians in Eastern Ghouta are unable to leave, those fleeing more critical areas are now in highly insecure housing arrangements. Although welcoming news Wednesday that this year's first aid convoy had entered Eastern Ghouta to deliver food and health supplies, REACH Country Coordinator for Syria Nanki Chawla said that it was insufficient to deal with the acute demand across Eastern Ghouta.
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