>> There's a daily ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta, but it appears not to be enough. This footage from volunteer rescuers with the White Helmets, said to show yet more fierce fighting on Monday, in the Syrian rebel enclave. The day was supposed to bring some relief for the area. An aid convoy bringing in the first supplies since one of the deadliest government assaults of the war began two weeks ago.
But even the presence of the convoy didn't seem to stop the fighting. Observers said airstrikes hit front lines nearby as ground battles raged on. A border UN ceasefire backed by the security council a week ago has also failed to come into effect. As the convoy set off into the region, UN officials said Syrian government authorities had vetoed 70% of their cargo, including surgical kits, insulin, and dialysis equipment.
Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday dismissed western statements about the deteriorating humanitarian situation. He called them a ridiculous lie, and vowed to continue the offensive.