Strikes batter Syria's Ghouta region as death toll hits 800

The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room used by the United Nations Human Rights Council in the Palace of Nations

A war-monitoring group says Syrian government shelling and airstrikes killed 80 people in the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus the previous day, making it the deadliest day there since the U.N.'s Security Council last month demanded a cease-fire across Syria.

Meanwhile on Tuesday U.N war crimes investigators said air strikes by Russian Federation and a US -led coalition killed civilians in Syria on a large scale a year ago, while the Assad government carried out unlawful chemical weapon attacks in rebel-held eastern Ghouta.

Claims from President Bashar al Assad that his forces are doing all it can to protect civilians in the two-week-old offensive on eastern Ghouta are "frankly ridiculous", human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said on Wednesday.

Rebels in Syria's Eastern Ghouta "refuse to leave" and have reiterated they will defend the area, saying a Russian-proposed withdrawal was not a serious offer, a spokesperson of one of the rebel groups in the enclave told Al Jazeera.

The criticism came hours after the UN Security Council failed to agree on a new draft resolution for a 30-day ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta to allow aid to get into the civilian population stuck there. "Nearly half of the food carried on the convoy could therefore not be delivered".

Syrian government soldiers walk down a street in the town of al-Mohammadiyah, east of the capital Damascus, on March 7, 2018, as Syrian army soldiers push into the militant-held Eastern Ghouta enclave.

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Fresh air strikes batter several key towns despite the daily "pause" announced by Russian Federation.

Russia's defence ministry said some rebels wanted to accept the proposal to evacuate.

An SDF statement says the fighters have made the "difficult decision" to redeploy because of the brutal Turkish offensive on Afrin.

Home to some 400,000 people, Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling regime siege for the last five years.

At least 1,000 children have been killed and injured across Syria so far this year according to the United Nations, as it disclosed that more than one quarter of the trucks carrying food into besieged eastern Ghouta on Monday were forced to leave the enclave again without unloading. The SOHR says such shelling has killed at least 27 people since 18 February, and Syrian state media have given a higher death toll.

The United Nations resident and humanitarian coordinator in Syria.

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In their 15th report, published Tuesday, the investigators also accused a US-led coalition of breaching global humanitarian law with a deadly strike a year ago on a school near the Islamic State group's former stronghold of Raqa.

An worldwide aid convoy cut short its mission to Eastern Ghouta after delivering desperately needed aid as the regime pounded the region on Monday.

She spoke from Damascus to The Associated Press as a 46-truck convoy was entering the town of Douma in eastern Ghouta, marking the first delivery of humanitarian assistance to the area in almost three weeks. The U.N. investigators had previously documented 33 chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

It condemned "the indiscriminate use of heavy weapons and aerial bombardments against civilians, and the alleged use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta".

Turkey sent troops into the Afrin enclave on January 20 to drive out Syrian Kurdish fighters it considers to be terrorists.

Hundreds have been killed by regime airstrikes in recent days.

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