A vehicle from the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR drives in Douma in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on March 5, 2018 on the outskirts of Damascus. / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY
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Fresh air strikes and clashes shook the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday after desperately needed aid deliveries were cut short by fighting.More than 780 civilians -- including 170 children -- have been killed since Russia-backed regime forces launched an assault on the besieged enclave outside Damascus on Feb. 18 .At least nine civilians were killed in air strikes on the town of Jisreen early Tuesday, the Britain-based Observatory said.Forty-six aid trucks entered Eastern Ghouta on Monday for the first time since the offensive started, but had to cut short their deliveries and leave due to heavy bombardment.Regime ally Russia last week announced a five-hour daily "humanitarian pause" in Eastern Ghouta, during which it said it would guarantee safe passage to civilians wishing to flee the enclave.
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