Syrian army colonel vows Ghouta will return to "state's embrace" soon

Syrian army colonel vows Ghouta will return to

In eastern Ghouta, relentless airstrikes and shelling continue. Military operations to beat back government attempts to advance into and capture Misraba were "ongoing", he added.

Airstrikes continued Tuesday. The opposition's Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group reported at least nine people were killed in airstrikes on the town of Jisreen, in eastern Ghouta. The regime and Russian Federation deny targeting civilians, despite accounts of attacks on hospitals and evidence of women and children as casualties.

"Regime forces control more than 50 percent of Ghouta", said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring organisation.

That the United Nations report confirmed 150 civilians killed in the U.S. strikes was particularly noteworthy, because while there were reports of a death toll in that range before, the Pentagon had dismissed them, and claimed no more than 30 killed in the incidents.

Meanwhile, state news agency SANA renewed accusing the rebels of preventing the civilians from leaving rebel-held areas in Eastern Ghouta toward the government areas through the Wafidin crossing northeast of Damascus.

The Red Cross' Krzysiek also emphasized that aid deliveries can only go so far.

In that case however, they stopped short of evoking war crimes.

The resolution instructs the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, created six-and-a-half years ago by the council, to conduct a "comprehensive and independent inquiry into the recent events" in eastern Ghouta and report back at the next council session in June.

The fighting in eastern Ghouta shows no sign of abating.

There have also been reports that the Assad regime has recently used chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta.

The US State Department's claim that Russian Federation and Damascus "show complete disregard" to the humanitarian crisis in the area bears no relation to reality.

It was the eighth allegation of chlorine gas use reported by the Syrian American Medical Society this year.

In a separate statement later on Sunday, the White House said President Donald Trump and Egypt's President Abdel Fattahal-Sisi "discussed Russian Federation and Iran's irresponsible support of the Assad regime's brutal attacks against innocent civilians".

France says the U.N. Security Council will meet Wednesday to discuss the failure to implement its February 24 resolution demanding a cease-fire "without delay" in Syria.

The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons, saying it surrendered its stockpiles after signing the global ban in 2013.

Moscow and Damascus say the Ghouta campaign is necessary to halt rebel shelling of the capital.

USA -backed Kurdish forces say they are redeploying fighters from fronts against the Islamic State group in eastern Syria to the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in the northwest to shore up Kurdish fighters battling a Turkish offensive.