Death toll in Syria's Ghouta rises to 80 - NGO

A man carries a child as he flees from reported Syrian air strikes in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

The commission a year ago reported that the Syrian government forces had used highly toxic sarin nerve gas on a rebel-held area in the country.

Hassan Tabajo said 25 people were killed in his town alone.

In Hammuriyeh, a young man stared at the bodies of five children, including his younger brother, killed in an air strike.

Moaz al-Shami, an anti-government activist from the Idlib town of Saraqeb, said in an interview last week that he no longer knew why he risked his life to videotape attacks.

An upsurge in attacks on so-called de-escalation zones in Syria has made a "mockery" of the accord, a U.N. -mandated committee said on Tuesday, according to the U.N. News Centre.

The UN said it had a plan to reach 700,000 people with relief in the next two months, if it can get the permission to proceed.

Syrian State Media reported that three people had been killed by rebel shelling of Damascus.

Russian-backed Syrian government forces escalated their military offensive against rebel-held areas, including Idlib province and Ghouta, in recent weeks.

The Syrian government launched an offensive in December to recapture the province, large parts of which are dominated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a rebel coalition that absorbed al-Qaeda-linked fighters previous year.

Observers say Russian Federation has ramped up its air campaign in Idlib after one of its fighter jets was shot down by rebels in the province on Saturday. The pilot reportedly killed himself with a grenade rather than be captured. And rescue workers and doctors on the ground in Idlib have accused government forces of using chlorine bombs in the offensive.

Idlib is home to some two million residents, many of whom have been displaced by bombing in other areas who now find themselves trapped between fighting to the south and the closed Turkish border to the north.

"A member of the civilian defence died when he was saving people under the rubble in Arbeen".

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Alhamdo lives in Idlib province, and visited the city of Idlib on Tuesday to document the destruction.

Funk also downplayed the significance of the attacks, describing them as just "harassing". This is a key point people should know: there is no safe space. There were many Armenian families here, but now only I remain here.

The United Nations in Syria on Tuesday called for a one-month ceasefire in the country to allow the delivery of desperately needed supplies and medical care to civilians caught up in fighting, Deutsche Welle reported.

Turkey will tell U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the two countries must fix damaged mutual trust, its foreign minister said on February 6, following a series of disagreements, especially over the Syria crisis, The Hurriyet Daily News reported.

"The humanitarian situation has dramatically deteriorated, and that's why we are ringing alarm bells".

Today, a small USA base near Manbij - a cluster of a handful of tents, prefab housing units and American armored vehicles - reflects deepening American involvement in Syria.

This apparent renewed use of chemical weapons is also on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' radar, who on Friday subtly warned at a potential USA military response if Syria continues using chemical weapons - a violation of their chemical pact.

Cavusoglu also stressed the importance of strengthening the regional and worldwide relations between Iran and Turkey, adding that the Islamic Cooperation Organization meeting in Istanbul with good support from Iran led to the failure of the conspiracy against the region.

The trip was the first by such senior United States military officers to the front in northern Syria since Turkey's president threatened to attack the city of Manbij, calling it a bastion of terrorists and demanding that American forces leave.

The increased violence across the country makes hopes of a negotiated settlement in Syria even less likely than before.

In a statement, Paulo Pinheiro said the spiraling violence had made "a mockery of the so-called 'de-escalation zones"' - an agreement reached previous year among Russia, Iran and Turkey to stabilise the lines of conflict and open corridors for humanitarian aid.

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