Russian Federation says talks to end conflict in Syria's Eastern Ghouta break down


"There were no victims among the Russian armed forces", TASS said, quoting the ministry.

Ankara, which warned Syrian troops not to help YPG fighters, considers the YPG a "terrorist group" linked to the Kurdish insurgency within Turkey's borders.

A Russian-made Syrian army attack helicopter dropping a payload over the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region.

It is thought the Syrian government's airstrikes were laying the ground for determined push to recapture territory which has been controlled by opposition forces since 2012.

Germany urged Russian Federation and Iran to push the Syrian regime to end the deadly air strikes on Eastern Ghouta, noting that the two had pledged to be guarantors of peace in Syria. Assad and his allies maintain they are fighting a war on terrorism.

But the situation is not easy, as around 350,000 civilians are still living in Eastern Ghouta, which is a large countryside constituting of several towns and villages under the rebel control.

The battle for rebel-held east Aleppo culminated in the evacuation of tens of thousands of civilians from their homes, with many unable to return. The resolution would address installing a humanitarian ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta.

Health facilities in the enclave have been particularly targeted in the offensive.

"What is happening in Damascus and Eastern Ghouta is complete madness", said Sedky. Ten medical staff and rescue workers were among the dead.

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"A critical humanitarian and socio-economic situation is developing in eastern Ghouta", the statement said.

The U.N. and an NGO said at least seven hospitals were bombed on Monday and Tuesday.

The hospital in Douma, the largest town in eastern Ghouta, is still functioning but the influx of wounded is such that doctors and nurses can not save everyone.

NGOs are calling on the UN Security Council to impose an immediate ceasefire and hold perpetrators of these atrocities to account. "Humanitarians should be allowed to do their work and to deliver aid on a more regular basis", Ingy Sedky, the spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Syria said.

At least 260 people have been killed in Syrian government air strikes on Ghouta since Sunday night, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group.

On the same day in which the country's capital reached unprecedented levels of violence, a new batch of pro-Damascus forces arrived in the northern region of Afrin in support of Kurdish militias fighting against Turkey.

"They both died", he said, visibly shaken. Between 300,000 and 400,000 people are affected, with an increase in malnutrition rates and hundreds of deaths from lack of proper medical care or complications from treatable conditions.

Asked whether there was a consensus on the draft text, Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog said: "That, I don't know yet".