A wounded Syrian boy leaves a make-shift hospital in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta after being treated following reported regime air strikes on Hamouria, Saqba and Kafr Batna on March 7, 2018. (AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY)
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A second aid convoy will attempt to reach desperate residents of Syria's Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave later Thursday after weeks of pummeling by government forces and Russian warplanes in defiance of UN calls for a halt to violence.The UN has been pushing for aid convoys to alleviate appalling conditions for the estimated 400,000 civilians trapped there.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all warring sides to allow aid trucks to return for a planned second delivery to the enclave's main town of Douma on Thursday.Linda Tom, spokesperson for the UN's humanitarian coordination office OCHA in Syria, said the aid would aim to reach 70,000 people in Douma and would include medical supplies not allowed in Monday's delivery.Heavy airstrikes, mostly by Russian warplanes, left at least 62 civilians dead including four children across the enclave, said the Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground.The offensive has displaced more than 10,000 people in Eastern Ghouta, according to the Observatory.
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