The first two months of 2018 have been especially bloody for the inhabitants of the eastern Ghouta, most of all its children. Some aid trucks have arrived in the town, but whether food or medical supplies, the help is far from enough.
Washington and Moscow criticize each other for the failure of a truce near Syria's capital, Damascus. Residents remain trapped in the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, while humanitarian convoys remain on standby.
The UN Security Council has delayed a vote on a possible 30-day truce in Syria to Saturday. Russia, the Syrian government's main backer, has said it is prepared to support such a deal given the right conditions.
A temporary ceasefire offered up by Russia appears to have been wholly ineffective as violence continues. Russia blames rebel groups for the outbreaks of violence during the daily humanitarian pause.
The evacuees would be the first civilians to flee eastern Ghouta since the implementation of the UN ceasefire led by Russia. Syria's Red Crescent said it would begin treating the wounded outside of the conflict zone.
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