Thousands Flee Besieged Eastern Ghouta As Syrian War Enters 8th Year

The Guardian: Besieged enclave of Ghouta on brink of falling to Syrian regime
“The Syrian opposition enclave of Ghouta is on the brink of falling to regime forces, three weeks into a relentless air blitz and seven years to the day since the first stirrings of anti-regime protests, which went on to spark nationwide insurrection, then a devastating war…” (Chulov et al., 3/15).

The Lancet: Life after death — surviving the attacks on civilians in Syria
“…The Syrian war has been marked by ‘two distinct and irrefutable crimes against humanity: the use of chemical weapons and the direct targeting of hospitals and medical personnel,’ Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a chemical weapons expert and a director of Doctors Under Fire, a group of medical professionals campaigning for an end to attacks on health care, told The Lancet…” (Devi, 3/17).

New York Times: ‘We Were Dying in There’: Thousands of Syrians Flee Rebel Enclave
“…The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain and tracks the conflict though a network of contacts, said that as many as 20,000 people had fled the region for government-held areas…” (Homsi et al., 3/15).

Reuters: UNICEF ready for 50,000 people exiting Syria’s Eastern Ghouta
“The U.N. children’s fund UNICEF has response plans in place to cope with 50,000 people coming out of the Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta, spokeswoman Marixie Mercado told a U.N. briefing in Geneva on Friday…” (Miles, 3/16).

Washington Post: Syrians stream out of a Damascus suburb as it is overrun by government forces
“…The fight for Eastern Ghouta is turning into one of the bloodiest battles yet, with at least 1,540 people killed and nearly 6,000 injured since the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution mandating a 30-day cease-fire nearly three weeks ago, according to figures provided by the Eastern Ghouta health directorate…” (Sly et al., 3/15).

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