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Syria regime pummels besieged Eastern Ghouta

A wounded Syrian man is brought into a clinic in Syria's Eastern Ghouta on March 7, 2018, after regime air strikes. Dozens of people were treated for breathing difficulties after air strikes slammed into Syria's Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, with medics reporting symptoms consistent with a toxic attack. / AFP PHOTO / Amer ALMOHIBANY

HAMMURIYEH (Syria), March 9 — Syrian forces pursued a relentless air and ground offensive against Eastern Ghouta today, moving closer to retaking the rebel enclave but also depriving desperate civilians of vital aid.

More than 900 civilians have been killed in the nearly three-week assault on the last rebel enclave outside the capital, where dozens suffered overnight from a suspected chlorine attack.

On another front in Syria’s complex seven-year war, pro-Turkey rebels seized control of the key northern town of Jandairis from Kurdish fighters.

Russia-backed government forces have retaken more than half of Eastern Ghouta, a monitor says, since launching their devastating offensive on the enclave on February 18.

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