Syria says it has a total of sixteen publicly cases and two deaths and UN officials have warned the country was ill prepared for an outbreak and that the confirmed cases could just be the "tip of the iceberg."
A regime assault killed 17 civilians, including seven children on Friday in the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in southern Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Regime forces strike eastern Ghouta's Douma district in a midnight attack allegedly using a chemical agent, rescuers and medics say, sparking condemnation and retaliation vows.
The Russian General Staff says the rebel fighters are still leaving the town of Douma for the opposition-controlled north and the evacuation will wrap up in the coming days.
According to a Russian military official, a preliminary agreement has been reached on the evacuation of Jaish al Islam rebels from Douma, but an opposition official denies this. Meanwhile, members of another rebel group agreed to leave the enclave.
Jaish al Islam opposition group will put down heavy weapons and leave Douma town of the besieged enclave for northern Syria, according to regime media reports.
Syrian rebel faction Jaish al Islam denies Russian statement that said they expect to reach an agreement on the group’s exit from the last rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta.
Eastern Ghouta was the opposition's final stronghold on the edge of Damascus, but beleaguered opposition groups are now left with less than 10 percent of their one-time bastion.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says civilians were killed in Douma, the largest town of the opposition-held enclave near Damascus.
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.
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.
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