Thousands flee Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria’s capital

Thousands of civilians are fleeing a town in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria’s capital, Damascus, as government forces advance.

State television showed pictures of men, women and children carrying bags leaving the town of Hamouria, which has come under intense bombardment. It is the biggest exodus from the enclave since the military stepped up an offensive to retake it last month.

At the same time, 25 Lorries carrying food aid entered the town of Douma. The International Committee of the Red Cross-ICRC has said that the aid was just a fraction of what was needed in the Eastern Ghouta, where some 390,000 people are facing severe shortages of food and medical supplies.

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