Syrian rebels let militants leave eastern Ghouta

Syrian forces escalate attacks in Eastern Ghouta 1,099 people have died in the past 3 weeks

But the group represents only a small portion of the insurgent presence in the enclave, and both Jaish al-Islam and Failaq al-Rahman have said they would not negotiate a similar deal for themselves.

Almost 950 civilians have been killed since Russia-backed government forces launched a blistering assault on the last opposition bastion near Damascus on February 18.

Troops have cut off the region's biggest town, Douma, and isolated another, according to UK-based conflict monitors the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

State TV said 13 fighters and their families had arrived at the crossing point.

"The choice of the people in Ghouta is either to get out - and they don't know what's happening when they get out of Ghouta - or to stay and be under the bombs", he stated.

Thirteen trucks loaded with 2,400 food parcels, meanwhile, crossed into Eastern Ghouta, the International Committee of the Red Cross said, entering what United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has called "hell on earth".

The Observatory also said warplanes, helicopters and artillery had been used in bombardment of the area overnight.

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It is believed that he died of cardiac arrest, according to the Udine prosecutor's office. On Instagram , Buffon wrote: "You were the best expression of an old-fashioned world".

Doctors and nurses in the enclave have run out of several life-saving items, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which reported a "terrible medical catastrophe".

In the face of the government's Russian-backed onslaught, Ghouta's main rebel groups had so far rejected Moscow-brokered offers to evacuate civilians or any of their own fighters.

Rebels deny this and say the area's inhabitants have not crossed into government territory because they fear persecution.

The UN convoy was the first to reach the some 400,000 residents of Eastern Ghouta since the government began its offensive there in mid-February. Hassan has sent us video footage of the beleagured town.

After a ferocious month-long government assault, thousands of rebel fighters and civilians were bussed out of the city's east.

"After the opening of an additional checkpoint in the direction of Jisrein-Mlekha area, the Syrian side has registered increased number of clashes between the civilians and the militants who are blocking the exits from the area", Zolotukhin told reporters.

The government, determined to wrest the eastern Ghouta suburbs from the control of rebels after seven years of war, has intensified the shelling and bombardment to clear the way for its troops to advance on the ground.

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