- 227 babies have died so far this year in the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus
- 527 babies died of malnutrition caused by the Assad regime blockade since 2014
- Eastern Ghouta has been under siege by regime forces since Dec. 2012
- Last month, Sehar Difda, only one month old, was the last to have died of malnutrition in the region so far
The Assad regime siege on the Eastern Ghouta region of Syrian capital Damascus has killed 227 babies this year, according to data from local hospitals.
The new toll takes to 527 the number of babies who died of malnutrition caused by the regime blockade in the region since 2014.
A main opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has been under siege by regime forces since Dec. 2012.
The attacks and blockade have left the area’s 400,000 residents struggling with malnutrition and all healthcare facilities non-operational.
According to data from local hospitals, only 15 babies breathed their last in Eastern Ghouta in 2014. The death toll of babies, however, jumped to 112 in 2015 and to 173 a year later.
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Last month, Sehar Difda, a one-month-old baby, was the last to have died of malnutrition in Eastern Ghouta so far.
According to activists, thousands of Syrian babies in Eastern Ghouta are at the risk of death as the Syrian regime tightened up its blockade in recent months, preventing residents from bringing in their daily needs through tunnels or intermediary merchants.
Eastern Ghouta falls within a network of de-escalation zones -- set up in Syria by Turkey, Russia, and Iran -- in which acts of aggression are expressly forbidden.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to U.N. officials.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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