More than 100 pro-Syrian forces said killed after thwarted attack

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Eastern Ghouta, home to about 400,000 people, is also reeling under a government siege that has prevented aid from getting in.

State news agency SANA said air defences confronted the Israeli planes, which it said were flying over Lebanese territory when they fired the missiles and the army claimed its air defence system destroyed most of the missiles.

He described Tuesday's bloodshed as the deadliest since efforts to broker a truce in Ghouta failed and the government intensified its operations against the enclave six weeks ago. The UN humanitarian delegation in Syria warned about the bad consequences of the humanitarian crisis, now worsened in various regions after the escalation of the conflict.

Saqba: Fresh regime strikes on a besieged rebel-held enclave near Damascus killed 35 civilians despite mounting Western pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"International coalition forces are bombing popular forces fighting "Daesh" and the (Syrian Democratic Forces) east of the Euphrates river and there are reports of casualties", statements carried by the stations said.

The following month, UNICEF says childhood malnutrition levels in the region are the highest recorded in Syria since the war began.

Yousef al-Boustani, an opposition media activist in eastern Ghouta's Douma neighborhood, called the air raids "hysterical".

The Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group, known as the White Helmets, which works in opposition areas, called it "another bloody day for civilians" in Eastern Ghouta.

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In a statement, Paulo Pinheiro said the spiraling violence had made "a mockery of the so-called 'de-escalation zones"' - an agreement reached a year ago among Russia, Iran and Turkey to stabilise the lines of conflict and open corridors for humanitarian aid.

Those strikes followed an onslaught of airstrikes by both Russian and Syrian warplanes against rebel-held towns and villages in Idlib on Sunday and Monday, in apparent retaliation for the downing of a Russian warplane in the province Saturday.

The global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, expressed "grave concern" over the "credible allegations".

"Look, when I saw that Russia's placing military forces, air power, some ground power, and anti-aircraft weapons in Syria, I decided that the wisest thing to do was to go and speak to Mr. Putin directly", Netanyahu said prior to his snap visit to Moscow.

Last month, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. would maintain a military presence in Syria after the conclusion of the fight against IS there, pledging that the Trump administration would not to repeat former President Barack Obama's "mistake" when he withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011.

The United Nations is calling for an immediate cease-fire in Syria to allow for the delivery of life-saving aid to millions of civilians who are without food, medicine and other essential needs.

"There is a misperception that the de-escalation areas have resulted in peace and stability", he said.

Ammunition belts slung over their shoulders, voices cracking from the chanting, dozens of young Syrian Kurds gather in Afrin's town square to enlist in the "resistance" movement against a Turkish-backed assault. If anything, there has been a serious escalation.