Syrian government warplanes struck the eastern Ghouta region on Tuesday and Damascus accused rebels of shelling a safe route out, despite a Russian call for a five-hour truce that failed to halt one of the most devastating campaigns of the war.

Residents in the region reported that warplanes and helicopters were still launching strikes despite the Russian truce. Air strikes were also reported by a war monitoring group, although a Syrian military source denied them.

The United Nations said ongoing combat had made it impossible to bring in aid or rescue the wounded.

We have reports this (Tuesday) morning there is continuous fighting in eastern Ghouta, U.N. humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said. Clearly the situation on the ground is not such that convoys can go in or medical evacuations can go out.

Hundreds of people have died during 10 days of government bombardment of the eastern Ghouta, an area of towns and farms on the outskirts of Damascus. The assault has been among the most devastating air campaigns of a war now entering its eighth year.

Russia declared Tuesday’s unilateral five-hour truce to open what it describes as a humanitarian corridor to evacuate wounded and let civilians escape from the besieged rebel-held enclave. On Tuesday its military said it would guarantee the safety of any civilians who wished to leave.

Residents in several towns in the district described a brief pause in fighting, but said bombardment swiftly resumed.

Source: NAM News Network

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Syrian government warplanes struck the eastern Ghouta region on Tuesday and Damascus accused rebels of shelling a safe route out, despite a Russian call for a five-hour truce that failed to halt one of the most devastating campaigns of the war.Residents in the region reported that warplanes and helicopters...