13 trucks of aid to go into Syria’s eastern Ghouta

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An aid convoy of 13 trucks is waiting outside Syria’s eastern Ghouta and will deliver food into the rebel enclave on Friday, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria (ICRC) told Reuters.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitor, said there were no air strikes on Ghouta towns overnight, for the first time since the government launched a ground offensive there 10 days ago.

In less than two weeks, the Syrian army has recaptured nearly all the farmland in eastern Ghouta under cover of near ceaseless shelling and air strikes, leaving only a dense sprawl of towns - about half the enclave - still under rebel control.

The attack has killed more than 1,000 people, the medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. The war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, on Friday gave a death toll of 931 civilians in the campaign.

“The situation is relatively good today. The bombing eased for a bit and is no longer intense,” said Bilal Abu Salah, a resident of eastern Ghouta’s biggest town, Douma. But he added that shortages are still acute, causing great hardship. “Entire families eat one meal in several days,” he said.

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