The war in Syria has become a dire humanitarian disaster and it shows no signs of improving.
Russia, who backs dictator Bashar al-Assad, has been bombing the region of Ghouta relentlessly and the number of dead is more than 500.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the number of dead is more than 500, including 120 children, but it could not get an accurate count because the bombing won’t stop long enough for the bodies to be counted, Reuters reported.
Ghouta, which is near Damascus, is the last rebel stronghold and crushing it is a priority for Assad and his allies in Russia.
In addition to the bombing campaign there has been a major ground offensive and some residents have shown signs of chemical gas exposure, USA Today reported.
“No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones,” UNICEF said in a statement.
“Every day we say God willing tomorrow will be better…Today, the main sight in the Ghouta is limbs, blood,” Siraj Mahmoud, a civil defense spokesman, said. “There is no need to dig graves, we will be buried under our houses.”
“But if we have to go out running on our legs and dig with our hands to rescue the people, we will still be here,” he said.
The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution demanding a 30 day cease fire so that medical equipment could be brought in and evacuations could begin.
Cease Fire But The Devastation Continues.
The cease fire has just begun but the rockets have not stopped raining on the people.
“We’re supposed to be in a cease-fire, and there’s still bombing and artillery,” an American woman living in the region told NBC News.
And just last week Russia sent four Sukhoi Su-57s stealth fighters to the region.
“They’ve targeted medical facilities. They’ve targeted shelters. They’ve targeted everything that moves here,” the woman, who wants to be called by her first and middle name Deana Lynn, said.
“The missiles, when they come, they come one after another,” she said. “If I’m in the house, I have to gather the kids. We have to lay on the floor.”
The devastation could have been worse if President Donald Trump’s administration had not destroyed the Islamic State in the region.
But with ISIS gone there is not a reason for the United States to intervene which has the Syrians vulnerable to the barrage from Assad and Russia.