UPDATE DEATH TOLL, CHANGES HEADLINE, LEDE; OTHER EDITS
By Selen Temizer and Emre Aytekin
ANKARA, Turkey / EASTERN GHOUTA, Syria (AA) – The death toll in Wednesday’s fresh regime attacks in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta has risen to 33, according to Syrian civil defense sources.
The sources told Anadolu Agency that 13 children were among the fallen.
According to Anadolu Agency reporters near the scene, regime forces have been carrying out intensive ground and air attacks on the area since early morning.
Since Monday a total of 107 civilians have been killed in regime attacks in the besieged area.
The attacks come although Eastern Ghouta falls within a network of de-escalation zones in which acts of aggression are forbidden.
Home to roughly 400,000 residents, Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling regime siege for the last five years.