Wounded Syrian children receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 21, 2018. AFP / Ammar SULEIMAN
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A massive escalation in bombardment, including rocket fire, shelling, airstrikes and helicopter-dropped barrel bombs, since Sunday has become one of the deadliest of the Syrian civil war, now entering its eighth year.Guterres expressed support for a Swedish and Kuwaiti push for the 15-member council to demand a 30-day cease-fire in Syria.Moscow called for the U.N. Security Council to meet publicly Thursday to discuss the situation in Ghouta. Alloush ruled out the possibility of any deal to evacuate residents of Eastern Ghouta, a type of negotiated withdrawal to insurgent territory in the north that has helped Damascus regain control of cities across western Syria.The Observatory said many of the planes over Ghouta appear to be Russian. Syrians say they can distinguish between Russian and Syrian planes because the Russian aircraft fly higher.
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