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In Syria’s Ghouta, rescuers keep finding bodies

DAMASCUS: In Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave, the bombs have stopped falling from the sky but the dead are still being raised from the rubble. In the town of Hazeh, volunteers from the Syrian Civil Defence known as the "White Helmets" pull one body from the basement of a collapsed home. And minutes later, a second one. "It's carnage down there," says Ali Bakr, a young man looking on with other residents. "People hide underground to shelter from the strikes but even that doesn't guarantee you're safe."…

Afridi expresses concern over siege in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

Former international cricketer and Karachi Kings President Shahid Afridi has expressed alarm over the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta where more than 400 people including children have been killed in recent days.  "The Ongoing siege in Eastern #Goutha #Syria is keeping out life saving medicines, targeting children and other innocents. This needs to stop immediately, the international body needs to act and register their presence," wrote the cricketer on social media site Twitter. He also…

UN issues blank statement on Syria, says it has run out of words

GENEVA: The U.N. children’s fund UNICEF issued a blank “statement” on Tuesday to express its outrage at mass casualties among Syrian children in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta and neighboring Damascus. “No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones,” the release from UNICEF’s regional director Geert Cappalaere began. There followed 10 empty lines with quote marks indicating missing text, and an explanatory footnote. “UNICEF is issuing this blank statement.…

Hot water for dinner in hunger-hit besieged Syria town

DAMASCUS: Manal boils water on the stove in the besieged Syrian town of Hamouria, hoping to convince her four children that she is cooking, but she has no food. She puts the pot on the flame as a ruse, waiting for the children to fall asleep in the dilapidated house before they realise there is nothing for dinner. In the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region where she lives, over 1,100 children are suffering acute malnutrition, and hundreds more are at risk because of food shortages caused by a government siege. Aid…