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The UN calls for a ceasefire in Syria

A minimum of 55 deaths have been reported

Pertaining to the Syrian and Russian airstrikes on a besieged rebel-held area near Damascus for two straight days, several civilians have died.

The White Helmets, which is also known as the Syria Civil Defence has reported that 55 people were killed on Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has shown death toll as high as 70.

The Syrian city, Idlib has also reportedly lost six people in the government air strikes.

The Russian military started intruding in the Syrian Civil War in September 2015, after an official request by the Syrian government for military aid against rebel and jihadist groups.

About 400,000 people live in Eastern Ghouta, is also down with a government siege and has barred assistance from getting in.

Considering the ‘extreme’ situation, the United Nations (UN) has called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria.

There have been reports in which medics, opposition activists and Western powers have stated that the bombs that have been dropped during the air strikes in the last 30 days, have chlorine, and the UN war crime experts have said that they are investigating the matter.

But the government has discarded the reports and tagged them as ‘lies’.

The UN officials have opined that they require minimum of a month to reach the affected areas and move out the ones who are having grave health condition.

“If there was a sufficiently long pause in hostilities, medical evacuations and humanitarian convoys could resume in East Ghouta, saving the lives of hundreds who need urgent medical attention, including many critically ill children.”

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