World News Briefs -- February 22, 2018

The Guardian: Bombs continue to pound eastern Ghouta as UN pleads for ceasefire

More than 335 have been killed in Syrian rebel enclave, with 13 civilians dying in latest strikes

Warplanes have pounded the last rebel enclave near the Syrian capital for a fifth straight day, as the UN pleaded for a truce to halt to one of the fiercest air assaults of the seven-year civil war and prevent a “massacre’.

More than 335 people have been killed in the besieged rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus since Sunday, with 13 more civilians killed in the latest strikes on Thursday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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