> One of the heaviest campaigns of Syria's eight year civil war is in it's third week. In what could amount to one of the biggest losses ever for the rebels. Syria's government has reportedly managed to split the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta in two by bringing their forces in the northern and southern sections within firing range of each other.
That's according to a monitoring group based in London, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. This video obtained by Reuters shows fighters allied to President Bashar al-Assad pounding the area and advancing more troops and artillery into position. The observatory estimates roughly 800 civilians have been killed by government forces since this most recent push.
Although that number could not be independently verified, United Nations says at least 400,000 people are trapped in the region of suburb of capital, Damascus, which has been under siege for years. The rebels there also return shelling against the city. The UN Security Council demanded a seize fire in the region although Russia, a council member, has not stopped it's own air campaign in support of the government.
They say they are targeting Islamist militant groups that were exempted from the truce.