Hala, 9, receives treatment at a makeshift hospital following Syrian government bombardments on rebel-held town of Saqba, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 22, 2018. / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY
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Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near Syria's capital for a fifth day running Thursday as the U.N. Security Council considered demanding a 30-day cease-fire across the country to allow emergency aid deliveries and medical evacuations.The U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, pleaded for a truce to halt one of the fiercest air assaults of the 7-year-old civil war and prevent a "massacre" in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus.At least 403 people, including 95 children, have been killed in Ghouta district since Sunday night, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group, with more than 2,116 wounded from the assault by Syria's military and its allies.Syrian President Bashar Assad's main ally Russia, which wields a veto on the Security Council, said it could support a 30-day truce that would allow aid deliveries and the evacuation of civilians, but not one that included the Islamist militants it says the onslaught on Ghouta is meant to target.Syrian army helicopters dropped fliers over Ghouta districts that included instructions for civilians wanting to leave the enclave safely, according to a media unit run by Hezbollah.
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