More Than Half A Million Killed In Syrian War: Human Rights Monitor

REUTERS  Omar Sanadiki

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has warned Syria against using chemical weapons, implying it would prompt military consequences, as it did previous year when President Donald Trump ordered a strike on a Syrian air base, the media reported. They also said the loss of remaining farmland to Assad forces would worsen the plight of civilians.

Three weeks after launching a fierce offensive to capture the region, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have overrun more than half of Ghouta, whittling down rebel territory to three isolated pockets.

The Syrian government has divided Eastern Ghouta into three sections: Douma and its surroundings; Harasta in the west; and the rest of the towns further south.

Trump struck Syrian government forces in Syria last April after a suspected gas attack targeted the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

The US ambassador recalled that President Donald Trump had ordered missile strikes on a Syrian air base in April a year ago in retaliation for a sarin gas attack blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

In Washington, CIA director Mike Pompeo noted that President Donald Trump has said he will not tolerate chemical weapons attacks, but has not yet made a decision about the latest reports.

"This is a debate we will have in the coming hours at the United Nations, where it will be shown that the concessions on the ground from Russian Federation, but first and foremost the Syrian regime and its Iranian allies, are insufficient", Macron said.

"I've seen the pictures. I don't know which it is, whether they're incompetent or whether they're committing illegal acts or both". "We have a higher standard to make sure we understand precisely what took place, precisely who did it so that our response can meet the threat".

Assad and his ally Russian Federation say the assault on eastern Ghouta is needed to end the rule of Islamist insurgents over the civilian population and to stop mortar fire on nearby Damascus.

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Mattis said that he was aware of reports of chlorine attacks on Eastern Ghouta but said that he did not have conclusive evidence that gas had been used.

Mr Guterres said the United Nations had offered to facilitate talks between the Syrian government, Russian officials and representatives of the three main rebel groups in the Eastern Ghouta - Jaysh al-Islam, Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham.

The government denies using either incendiary weapons or chlorine gas bombs, and said on Saturday it had information that the rebels were planning to stage a fake chemical attack to discredit the army.

Syrian state television reported on Sunday that rebel mortar fire had killed four people after hitting a taxi.

The UN estimates 400,000 civilians are trapped in the siege.

Aleppo was under siege by government forces fighting rebel groups between 2012 and 2016.

"We call on the global community to act quickly before something irreversible happens in Harasta", said Hassoun.

"The pattern in the Gulf is one of deep concern for the U.S.", Cordesman said.

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