"But the children of Douma and the children of eastern Ghouta unfortunately do, and that's what makes the situation very, very dramatic", he said.
Syrian government forces bombarded eastern Ghouta anew on Wednesday in an effort to slice the rebel enclave in two, intensifying a campaign to deal the opposition its biggest defeat since 2016.
"So they go out to look for some food, or maybe to eat in their homes, and then the fighting starts, the air strikes and shelling starts, and many of them, they die", he said.
Live footage broadcast by Syrian state TV from the outskirts of the town of Mesraba earlier on Wednesday showed enormous clouds of smoke rising into the sky. Activists and the Observatory say the pauses have not been enforced.
According to the report, an air strike by a "Russian fixed-wing aircraft" last November hit a market and killed at least 84 people just west of Aleppo in a so-called "de-escalation zone" that was declared by Russia, Iran and Turkey.
United Nations war crimes investigators have issued a statement on Tuesday with respect to the deaths of Syrian civilians in 2017, faulting both the U.S. and Russian Federation for killing massive numbers of civilians over the course of the past year in airstrikes.
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"The regime is preparing to continue its offensive hoping for new advances in the area", Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Observatory, told dpa.
Claims that Syrian troops and pro-government allies had taken control of more than one-third of the enclave has been described as "inaccurate" by activists on the ground. The goal of the operation is clear Turkey's Syrian border from the terrorist threat.
Representatives of global humanitarian organizations and the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria have agreed to hold a meeting in the near future to discuss further steps on humanitarian aid delivery to Eastern Ghouta, according to the Center's representative Vladimir Zolotuhin.
It condemned "the indiscriminate use of heavy weapons and aerial bombardments against civilians, and the alleged use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta". There are an estimated 400,000 civilians trapped in the enclave.
The first shipment of humanitarian aid reached eastern Ghouta on Monday but was cut short on Tuesday after Syrian government forces began shelling the area again.
The U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Syria has appealed to the government to commit to a ceasefire in eastern Ghouta on Thursday to let in an aid convoy containing medical supplies that were stripped from a delivery on Monday.
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It says some life-saving health supplies were not allowed to be loaded. That pushed the death toll to 760 in the last three weeks.
"The majority (of people) in Eastern Ghouta want to escape the embrace of terrorism".
The Human Rights Council on Monday adopted a resolution proposed by Britain in a 29-4 vote. The council should also request that the United Nations send monitors to oversee the aid delivery and evacuation of civilians from Eastern Ghouta.
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged all parties to abide by a 30-day cease-fire ordered by the Security Council on February 24 to allow humanitarian aid to reach civilians in desperate need.
The Syrian government says it has achieved "significant" progress in its ongoing military operation in rebel-held suburbs east of Damascus, seizing around 36 percent of the total area held by different armed groups.
First Alert Day issued Tuesday for morning commute showers
Highs Wednesday will struggle to make it into much further than the low 40s before dropping into the upper 20s overnight. Rain will become more widespread Monday night with some embedded thunderstorms all associated with the passing front.