Israeli warplanes fire missiles at research facility near Damascus

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Some 400,000 residents of the enclave have been blockaded for more than three years by the Syrian government, which has denied access to the United Nations and aid agencies.

More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed after US-led coalition and coalition-backed local forces thwarted a large, apparently coordinate attack late on Wednesday and early on Thursday, a United States official said.

The US said there was "obvious evidence" of recent chlorine gas attacks, including in eastern Ghouta.

Eastern Ghouta and Idlib, a northern province where violence also flared this week, are both so-called de-escalation zones agreed past year in a bid to pave the way for an end to the conflict.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights dubbed Tuesday's death toll as the "largest massacre in Syria" since last April's chemical attacks in Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib.

The opposition has controlled much of Eastern Ghouta since 2012, and has been under an unrelenting siege since 2013. At least 800 people are wounded. The ongoing fighting and deliberate obstructions by forces were preventing aid organizations from reaching civilians, it said.

"What is happening in eastern Ghouta is not simply a humanitarian crisis because aid is denied, these sieges involve the worldwide crimes of indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate starvation of the civilian population", stated Mr. Pinheiro.

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A U.S. military official said the US-led coalition that still assists Kurdish-led forces in the hunt for surviving IS members in eastern Syria killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters overnight. The mosque near his home is announcing the names of those killed by airstrikes and shelling, he says, over the loudspeaker typically used for the call to prayer.

In addition, Syrian government forces have continued to use chemical weapons, with at least five alleged chlorine gas attacks taking place since 13 January.

Turkey's military said a Turkish soldier was killed in an attack in Idlib, where the Turkish troops are establishing an observation post.

At least 75 people were killed on Thursday alone, including 15 children, SAMS reported.

Turkey began deploying forces in an observer role to the rebel-held Idlib in October as part of a "de-escalation" agreement with Iran and Russian Federation to stabilize the lines of conflict in the war-torn country.

Tens of thousands of Russians attended a mourning ceremony Thursday for a Russian pilot who blew himself up to avoid being captured by the militants in Syria who downed his plane. But, reports from the Syrian regime said most of the projectiles fired by Israeli forces were intercepted. It was the first time a Russian jet was shot down over Syria since Russia launched its air campaign on Assad's behalf.

Russian Federation should be particularly invested in mediating between Israel and Iran because a conflict between them risks undermining Russia's policy achievements in Syria, including strengthening the position of Assad.

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