Syrian troops cut major roads in suburbs of Damascus

Syria forces cut off Eastern Ghouta’s largest town in blow to rebels

Syrian state news agency SANA said dozens of civilians were expected to leave Eastern Ghouta on Friday.

Jaish al-Islam and the other main eastern Ghouta rebel group Failaq al-Rahman have said they are not negotiating a similar deal for themselves.

In a statement published on Twitter on Friday, the group said the decision had been made in consultation with the United Nations, a number of global parties and civil society representatives from eastern Ghouta.

Government forces this week advanced from the east and were only about a mile away from linking with forces on the western side of eastern Ghouta.

But air strikes and shelling resumed near the enclave's main town of Douma after the trucks from the joint ICRC, Syrian Arab Red Crescent and United Nations convoy drove in.

At least 215 children are among those killed since then, the Britain-based Observatory said.

It said the initiative was "based on consultations between Jaish al-Islam and the United Nations, and a number of worldwide actors".

An aid convoy that failed to deliver humanitarian supplies to Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta last week due to violence delivered "urgently needed" aid on Friday despite fighting, which took place extremely close to the convoy, the Red Cross said.

"The death toll has gone up to 1,002 civilians, after eight people were killed today in Harasta and Arbin", said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The group said the data were collected from 10 medical facilities that it fully supports and another 10 facilities it provides with emergency medical donations inside the eastern Ghouta enclave.

Rebels in recent days tried to slow the advance with an attempted counter-offensive, but were struggling to hold off President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Moscow had justified the continued bombardment of the area by saying extremists remained embedded in the towns and were preventing civilians from taking advantage of a designated evacuation corridor to flee the fighting.

People in Douma told him they feared crossing rebel checkpoints and were uncertain whether they would be safe when they reached government-held areas, Malik said.

Three days later, Russian Federation announced its own ceasefire initiative calling for daily, five-hour "humanitarian pauses" in eastern Ghouta. The most built-up and densely populated areas still under rebel control include the towns of Douma, Harasta, Jisreen, Kfar Batna, Saqba and Hammouriyeh. The roads connecting the towns to each other were all covered by army fire, the Observatory said.

United Nations vehicles driving out of Eastern Ghouta in Syria yesterday.

In a surprise move, several members of Syria's armed opposition have been evacuated from rebel-held Eastern Ghouta late on Friday, sources said.

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