UN human rights chief says the Syrian regime's five-year siege of the Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta included the use of chemical weapons and starvation. UNHCR says almost 50,000 have fled the enclave in recent days.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says civilians were killed in Douma, the largest town of the opposition-held enclave near Damascus.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime and Russian air strikes killed 64 people in eastern Ghouta's Kafr Batna district and another 12 in the Saqba district. The Syrian Civil Defense group reported 61 fatalities in Kafr Batna.
As Turkish, Russian and Iranian foreign ministers hold talks in Astana, they agree that Syria's future must be secured "without outside political interference," and underlined the need for humanitarian access to the areas affected by the conflict.
At least 12,500 people have left the opposition-held enclave near Damascus as the regime army and its allies continue to launch air strikes and shell the area.
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Twelve members of the Failaq al Rahman opposition group in eastern Ghouta, including two of its commanders, have been killed according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
An oppositon group announced that it had reached a medical evacuation deal with the Syrian regime's key ally, Russia, after indirect talks.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says Washington is prepared to act if the Security Council fails to prevent the Syrian regime's chemical attacks, which are killing and wounding civilians.
As Syrian regime's Russian-backed assault on eastern Ghouta enters fourth week, key figures in an opposition-held town evacuation offer. But opposition groups in enclave vow they will fight on.
The Syrian regime forces have cut off the two large eastern Ghouta towns of Douma and Harasta by advancing into areas between them and the rest of the opposition enclave, a war monitor says.
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