Eastern Ghouta have recently witnessed a military escalation represented by aerial, artillery and missile bombardment targeting all the eastern regions and towns of Ghouta, leaving hundreds of dead and wounded civilians between men, women and children, and massive destruction of residential buildings and properties.
The military escalation coincided with the cessation of the entry of foodstuffs into Eastern Ghouta that used to be carried on by the contractor (Al-Manfosh). As a matter of fact having his contract expired with the regime, encouraged the local traders to monopolize the foodstuffs and start raising prices in the market, so that every day prices increase more than before.
The hospitals and medical committees at the field level sent a distress call to the international community to provide the relief of medical work and to push on for releasing the siege and allow the urgent medical assistance to be brought into the currently besieged areas, as the suffocating siege and massacres that took place in Ghouta led to the depletion of most of the emergency medical drugs needed to serve the trapped population.
In the past two days, the Eastern Ghouta witnessed a slight easing of the shelling and eventually an aid convoy carrying approximately 1,500 food parcels was able to pass in and enter to the Nashabiya area in Marj.
In addition to what have been discussed above, the regime and it’ Media try to promote and inform the public that a military campaign will be launched on the Eastern Ghouta and that they are importing significant reinforcements to be involved in the planned campaign. As a result, a situation of fear and disturbance among the population in the region has been observed recently due to the promotions and news been listened.
As for the security and living conditions of Duma from Harasta- Arabsin –Madyara side is very bad and the people of these areas are still living in shelters or still being displaced and all their work and businesses are stopped.In parallel to the local market’s prices increments and the unemployment rate that has reached 70% of the population in Eastern Ghouta, the need for urgent assistance is significantly increasing among the population.
School classes have been suspended since the start of the bombing campaign on Al-Ghouta that was recorded with the return of some of the students to catch the academic year.
Prices in the Eastern Ghouta are still about ten times higher than the prices inside the city of Damascus.