Syrian government forces drive military vehicles in al-Shifoniya as they advance in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area on March 4, 2018. / AFP / STRINGER
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The U.N. Human Rights Council Monday ordered an immediate probe into the situation in Syria's besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, as aid arrived there for the first time in weeks.With 29 votes in favor, 14 abstentions and four opposed, the U.N.'s top rights body instructed the U.N.-backed Commission of Inquiry for Syria to probe alleged atrocities in the area, battered by a Russia-backed regime assault that began on Feb. 18 .The resolution, first tabled by Britain during an emergency council session last Friday, initially met with so much opposition that the final vote needed to be postponed until Monday.Russia does not currently hold a seat on the council -- which has 47 members rotating on three-year terms -- but it took the floor Friday as an observer state to condemn the text, as did the Damascus government, and proposed multiple amendments.
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