Douma in eastern Ghouta now has a population of around 200,000 people, with people displaced from other devastated districts facing a renewed blitz by the regime on the enclave’s last rebel-held area.
In the early hours of Tuesday more than 6,700 people left the opposition-held eastern Ghouta near Damascus as the regime still threatens to bomb the area.
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.
Faylaq al Rahman, the second largest rebel group in eastern Ghouta, has agreed to withdraw from the besieged enclave, says a war monitor and the regime media. The deal provides for the transfer of nearly 7,000 people, fighters and their families.
The warplanes hit near a school in opposition-held Saraqib district of the province, a war monitor and a rescue group say. The dead include 16 children. Meanwhile, an opposition group has agreed to evacuate a town in besieged eastern Ghouta.
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.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says eastern Ghouta is now divided into three parts as regime forces continue their assault on the rebel-held enclave.
Britain-based war monitor reports dozens of air strikes hitting several areas in Eastern Ghouta region, despite the area designated as one of the four de-escalation zones in the war-torn country.
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