Airstrikes outside Syrian capital kill at least 25 civilians

A Syrian man searches for people in a fire following regime air strikes on the rebel-held town of Douma

A Syrian man searches for people in a fire following regime air strikes on the rebel-held town of Douma

At least 80 people were killed on Tuesday in government air and artillery strikes on besieged areas of the capital Damascus.

The president of Syria Bashar-al-Assad in conjunction with the Russian Airforce and militias backed by Iran are pursuing military operations against the rebels in the last significant redoubts of the regions that have been in control of Assad's opponents in the western side of the country.

The Syrian American Medical Society said 11 people were treated for chlorine gas poisoning in hospitals in Idlib, and at least 28 civilians were killed during airstrikes that targeted areas near Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Bloomberg reported.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the U.S.to withdraw its troops from Manbij and renewed a threat to expand Ankara's military offensive in Syria to this town.

Suffering in Syria has reached "unprecedented" levels, the United Nations has said after a series of deadly airstrikes.

Meanwhile, the lead investigator of a United Nations -mandated Commission of Inquiry on Syria said his team was looking into reports that bombs allegedly containing weaponized chlorine were used on two recent occasions, in the town of Saraqeb, in Idlib, and Douma, in Eastern Ghouta.

Idlib and Eastern Ghouta are two of four "de-escalation zones" which had been agreed upon by both sides of the conflict at peace talks in Kazakhstan a year ago.

Russian pilot killed after plane shot down by Syrian rebels
A Syrian militant in the area told The Associated Press that the Russian pilot was shot and killed when he resisted capture. The U.N. says more than 270,000 people have been displaced in Idlib because of the government onslaught since December 15.

"What is happening in eastern Ghouta is not simply a humanitarian crisis because aid is denied, these sieges involve the global crimes of indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate starvation of the civilian population", stated Mr. Pinheiro. It said it ongoing fighting and the deliberate obstructions by forces at the front lines were blocking aid organizations from reaching civilians in need. After seven years of conflict in Syria it appears many parties finally agree on something: they want the USA out of the country.

Russian Federation proposed a rival press statement eliminating references to Thursday's attack and to "the unacceptable level of violence in Syria, particularly in eastern Ghouta".

The White Helmets said three of its rescuers and six other people suffered breathing problems.

"There is a misperception that the de-escalation areas have resulted in peace and stability".

Le Drian also said Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) group in northeast Syria had detained "about 100" French jihadists. With Idlib now also under siege, it's not clear there's anyplace for the remnants to evacuate to, and the rebels likewise seem to have little interest in negotiating.

On the diplomatic front, despite USA concerns, the global community has so far been supportive of the operation as it is meant to wipe out terrorist elements in the Afrin region, thus guaranteeing Syria's territorial integrity.

Russian Federation has sought Turkey's help to recover the engine among debris of its Sukhoi-25 ground-attack aircraft to determine the type of missile used to shoot at the plane. Al-Qaida-linked militants said they downed the Su-25 in Idlib on Saturday by a portable air defense missile.

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