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Eastern Ghouta: Hamza, as thousands more, suffers malnutrition

Zaman Al Wasl TV | 2017-11-29 07:42:19
Eastern Ghouta: Hamza, as thousands more, suffers malnutrition

(Zaman Al Wasl TV)-  Hamza, 3-year-old, is a victim of the Syrian regime siege on Eastern Ghouta’s siege which has been since 2013.

The child boy, who lost his parents in the regime bombing, has been suffering malnutrition with thousands more of children in the eastern district of Damascus.

In this reprot, the woman who adopted Hamza speaks up about the suffering 600,000 people in Ghouta since the misery is the common denominator for all trapped civilians.

Childhood malnutrition levels in Eastern Ghouta region are at the highest levels recorded in the country since its six-year war began, the UN said on Wednesday.

The UN children's agency UNICEF said a November survey in the rebel-held area outside Damascus showed 11.9 percent of children under five were suffering acute malnutrition, "the highest rate ever recorded in Syria" since the conflict started, according to The New Arab.

Eastern Ghouta is one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in Syria. Recent weeks have seen an increase in violence and aid groups have expressed "grave" concerns over the deteriorating situation in the region.

The Assad regime agreed Tuesday to a ceasefire in opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, following days of heavy bombardment, the United Nations envoy to the war-ravaged country said.
Eastern Ghouta is one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in Syria, and is part of one of four so-called "de-escalation zones" in place across the country to reduce violence.

It has been under siege since 2013 but in recent weeks violence has increased considerably, with deadly regime airstrikes and artillery fire across the region, and opposition fire from the area into the capital.
Médecins Sans Frontières, the international medical humanitarian organization, said on Monday hundreds of people had been wounded in intense bombing and shelling of the Eastern Ghouta in the last two weeks, Reuters reported.

It said five MSF-supported field hospitals in East Ghouta had treated 576 wounded patients and recorded 69 deaths, with a quarter of the wounded women or children under the age of 15.

In a statement, MSF said its figures did not account for the total numbers killed in the area as there are other medical facilities it does not support regularly.

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