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enclave of free to help the white. fellow i maryam namazie in london you're watching al-jazeera also coming up in a rash speech at the u.n. the palestinian president calls for an international summit to replace the u.s. sponsored peace process. u.s. president donald trump called for a ban on bomb stocks devices that turn illegal weapons into machine guns. and a final farewell to morgan chiang rai some ways late opposition leader is laid to rest in his hometown. has been no letup in the syrian government's assault on the east and despite a growing international outcry bombs rockets and shells of continued to rain down on the last rebel stronghold near damascus killing at least two hundred fifty
people since late on sunday seven hospitals are reported to have been hit pushing four of them out of service opposition activists are calling it a massacre france says it's a violation of humanitarian law well east and been besieged by the government since two thousand and thirteen four hundred thousand people in the rebel held the being bombed by government forces and their russian allies. is only a few kilometers away from the government center of power the presidential palace and there are fears the bombardment is a precursor to a larger ground operation same hauler reports from beirut. panic in the streets. you. fear in people's faces. neighborhoods flattened the airstrikes are almost continuous still in the towns across eastern who are coming under intense fire. on the survivors
emerge in shock children traumatized. hold on to some four hundred thousand people are trapped in this besieged syrian opposition enclave nowhere is safe. the sound of fighter jets in the skies frightens the population. and muhammad and her son the same say they can only hope the walls in their home will save them if a shell or an airstrike hit nearby i didn't we have no choice but to stay in our homes despite the air strikes and shelling out building and those in the street so they don't have underground shelter. in the u.n. says the humanitarian situation is spiraling out of control because of what it calls an extreme as collation of hostilities scores of civilians have been killed since sunday and the number continues to rise. there are hundreds of injuries as
well doctors are appealing to the international community to force the government to allow supplies in several calls for we have shortages in medicine and medical supplies because the regime has been hitting this area for weeks we've had to deal with many injuries imagine we know how longer have blood bags. the un is demanding an end to the targeting of civilians but for the syrian government and its allies this is a military tactic. they hope that by inflicting suffering on the population they will turn against the rebels and force them to surrender. eastern hooter's the last remaining opposition stronghold around damascus comments made by russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov about what he calls using the experience if we allow and there are costly for the syrian government regain focus for all of the
city of aleppo with a full thousand and sixteen after months of siege and a full blown military assault that ended in rebel rendering. the main opposition body the syrian national coalition is calling the latest wave of violence a war of extermination it is also condemning what it calls the international silence. this is not the first public campaign in eastern. hundreds of civilians were killed in weeks of bombardment earlier this year many believe the renewed bombardment could be the final assault senator. and many people inside eastern groups have taken to twitter to launch pleas for help one photojournalist says we can't sleep russian warplanes a bombing everything no one is standing next to us in this besieged area and now the journalist has been regularly tweeting about what's happening in ghouta and his value to continue documenting the destruction to give voice to the people there to
syrian children have also been tweeting about very experiences nor and say they just want to live without fear they've been posting videos appealing for help as bombs rain down on them is what they said on monday. everyone how can the army we are hearing that as of the mission has brought much stuff far this is just a good look if i can keep them phelps. and the children out and then of being watched don't let the children go down before toilet. i'm not from the frigid winter we can now speak to panel says the un's regional humanitarian coordinator for the syria he joins us from amman thank you very much for taking the time to speak to us so as we've been reporting we know that as strikes on eastern go to have killed at least
two hundred fifty people this in just the space of forty eight hours what is the latest information you are guessing about what's happening there will lose situation inside this woods are a series extreme end there we've seen a dramatic escalation during that forty eight hours just today we had this six hospital which was attacked in these woods in the last few days there we're talking about close to four hundred thousand civilians who are living release who are in extreme situation with a heavy bombardment that is taking place people describe that their bombs falling really just minutes apart a lot of civilians are in basements id women and children people who are really interior of their lives because there's so indeed high number of casualties no health facilities no water no electricity very little food available in an area which is the siege an arsonist many terrorists were not able to go in and mr mom says can i ask is an about the ability of medical what was in those that are
left inside the area to respond to what is happening we've been saying that seven hospitals are reported to have been hit four of them are out of service. actually six of them have been hit this is the latest information and the medical facilities are really what the hospital remaining half of the medical facilities are destroyed or not functional and those sort of mending overstretch at the moment people is it been difficult to get to take an injured person to where they need to go because of the continues trikes it's explained his insight that is would so we're really talking about that and the extreme situation which requires a rapid response and sometimes all of us saying that six hospitals have been hit medical facilities. he said hoffa destroyed on nonfunctional can i ask if you had anything else about the death toll. i don't have the number about the dust all of it no people talk in terms of one hundred seven i don't think anybody has an exact
idea because lots of buildings have been collapsed. that's all it down. the protection of civilians is that risk of the moment the basic rules of war is that you reject civilians you're going to have a war between harmonies that really people living in civilian neighborhoods in hospitals and schools and infrastructure must be protected what's happening today is unacceptable it's a violation of international law and that's where we calling upon at what is first of all have an immediate cease fire this really alarming situation which is happening cannot continue any longer midsomer says if i can ask you just two final questions quickly festival. that have been comparisons with developments in and around aleppo given the scale of the qana cherry's is eastern is that there is this the west situation of a lot. it is the worst situation we have seen releases the crisis of starts it we're talking about four hundred thousand people have been beseeches two thousand
and thirteen we have brody very little aid because of really the restrictions we had as a limited quantity of the going for the fourteenth of february and the means are in this situation has dramatically deteriorated over the last few days so it is and it's going to lay shouldn't of that conflict and is a dramatic series from of the humanitarian situation where people in these words are at a final brief question dead there is deadlock on this at the u.n. security council how important is it that they now take action it's really about time the security council takes action so far we have seen a failure of debate humanitarian diplomacy if savior of the security council to come together to a situation which has gone really beyond what is morally acceptable so we hope a great series action with the security council resolution that will bring the ceasefire and this decision proceed it is immediately well thank you very much for taking the time to speak to us from amman and thank you u.s.
regional humanitarian coordinator for syria panos month this and your all in all the developments turkey's president is saying that his soldiers a force fighters loyal to the syrian government to retreat from the kurdish controlled area of affray in a convoy of syrian fighters way flags and brandished weapons earlier as they enter the city of afrin to help the kurdish y.p. cheney took a shot at every fire for the militia to turn back turkey launched an operation last month to clara frayne of the y. peachey which it considers a terrorist group the white b.g. has appealed to the syrian government to help it repel the offensive a solid binge of aid has more from gaza on takis border with syria. a group of fighters loyal to president bashar assad's government has retreated from the city of our free these fighters were trying to get close to the city of kurdish fighters had asked for help from the syrian government and it said that it will not send its regular forces but will provide them with irregular militias and that should cause
a popular forces this happened after turkish artillery hit these areas when it saw that these forces were going in it happened only a couple of hours after the turkish president they have undergone announced that he and his forces are in another phase of the operation which as we know ongoing since last month and he promised his cabinet members that the city of offering is going to be captured by turkish forces and their allies these f.s.a. fighters in a matter of days this operation has been ongoing since january the twentieth and it has come at a heavy toll to the turkish government as well i need to kill the saga at the same time it takes to make certain perforations in the field the c.g. of the effort city will start rapidly in the coming days military sources on the ground have been telling us that it is easier said than done to capture the city of offering because it's very tough terrain and these type e.g.
kurdish fighters are local to this area so the advance of the turkish government as well as the f.s.a. fighters who say they've captured a number of villages around the city of offering we can help them encircled and besieged have been very very slow their advance according to them has been slow not only because of the tough terrain but also because they want to avoid civilian casualties but as we've seen in the syrian conflict as more forces arrive as a bigot of powers come to think areas that did they want to control it's the civilians who suffered the most. the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas has called for a new international peace summit between israel and palestine in a rare speech at the u.n. security council is that any agreement reached in a suspend the u.s. recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital the u.s. state department says it would consider bringing in other countries if it believes they would be helpful platic editor james bays reports from the united nations
president abbas's presence here was rare and carefully calculated normally his ambassador attends this monthly meeting he came himself to express his displeasure at the trumpet ministration he suggested its decision to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital and to cut funding to the un agency that helps palestinians disqualified it from leading peace efforts instead he proposed a new approach very early on to grammar didn't go for the convening of an international peace conference by mid two thousand and eighteen based on international law and relevant un resolutions with broad international participation including the two concerned parties and regional and international stakeholders present or past left immediately after his speech nothing unusual there in terms of un protocol he was the only head of state in a room full of ambassadors and had another engagement to attend it didn't stop the
israeli ambassador using it to score a point i expected news that abbas to stay with us and have a dialogue unfortunately is once again running away. the u.s. ambassador came to the meeting accompanied by the two men president trump has tasked with leading negotiations jason greenblatt and his own son in law jared coercion or she said president abbas had a choice the united states stands ready to work with the palestinian leadership our negotiators are sitting right behind me ready to talk but we will not chase after you the choice mr president is yours it was a security council session full of drama and theatrical but the reality is depressingly familiar this meeting in no way brings any closer a resolution to
a conflict that's already lasted over seventy years james byrd's outages era of the united nations. without a serious still ahead a lawyer linked to u.s. president donald trump's election campaign pleads guilty to lying to the f.b.i. . the a. fellow there we still got the remains of kelvin over australia the satellite picture showing all that cloud in the west gradually the old center is working its way towards the south a plenty of cloud ahead of it so many of us are already seeing some clouds and some heavy rain as well the worst of that weather will be making its way over parts of western australia on wednesday and then down into parts of south australia around port lincoln there as we head through the day on thursday so heavy downpours here could even be a little bit of flooding as well meanwhile towards the east just
a few showers around parts of queensland and down in the southeast here a good deal of cloud but not a great deal of what weather but it will be quite warm under that cloud over towards new zealand we've been battered by the remains of gaeta has given us a very ferocious weather very heavy downpours very strong winds and very high waves as well that systems moved away from us as we head through wednesday but there's still quite a trail of cloud behind it so we're expecting plenty more in the way of wet weather on wednesday that's not going to help us at all gradually though that will eventually clear as we had three thursday and thursday will be a far calmer day as we head out towards parts of japan here there's a good deal of cloud the main area of rain is just in the extreme south doesn't like to be a few more showers around the coast and thursday. in the heart of the amazon delivery in families put their lives in peril to harvest
presume. it's cancer in the congo to the capital is an even more dangerous charming. risky new tool to believe you know. at this time on al jazeera. you have al-jazeera a quick look at the top stories despite so growing international outcry want to syria's last rebel held areas east and is still on the heavy bombardment by government and russian forces around two hundred fifty people have been killed
since sunday. meanwhile in the north of syria turkey's president says his soldiers are forced fighters loyal to the syrian government to leave the kurdish controlled area of afraid by firing on them soon after they arrived on the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas has called for a new international peace summit between israel and palestine in the next few months. or now you know the stories are watching closely u.s. president donald trump has signed a memorandum that he that says we'll ban bomb stocks a gun modification that turns legal weapons into machine guns the announcement comes off to seventeen school students and staff were killed in a florida shooting last week president trump said more must be done to protect children and just a few moments ago i signed a memorandum directing the attorney general. to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn illegal weapons into machine guns i expect that these
critical regulations will be finalized jeff very soon the key in all of these efforts as i said in my remarks the day after the shooting is that we cannot merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference we must actually make a difference we must move past le shay's entire debates and focus on evidence based solutions and security measures that actually work and that make it easier for men and women of law enforcement to protect our children and to protect our safety . castro is live for us in washington and so heidi as we were hearing that president wants so-called bomb stocks to be regulated tell us more about what he is asking the justice department today. well he's actually actually asking
for a ban of these devices and they're essentially a gun accessory that are legally purchased in the united states that accelerate the rate of fire of a gun now they were used in october of last year in the massacre at a las vegas concert that killed fifty eight people it is unclear whether bomb stocks played a role in this latest school shooting in florida but what it is evident is that the public outcry that we've seen following this latest school shooting has had some effect in polling in recent days that followed this latest shooting show that the majority of americans believe that trump and congress have not done enough to prevent these mass shootings and this action taken by trying today to ban these bomb stocks though seen by gun control advocates as the mere asst token of good news that much more they argue should be done it is
a sign that the president and the republican party is bending to these public pressures. it's interesting that we see president trump susceptible to pressure particularly in the aftermath of this this florida shooting. is there a possibility that there could be further reforms that he might call for further measures down the line. well certainly there are more measures being called for by the gun control advocates and namely by the survivors the young children and teenagers who survived this high school shooting in florida last week in that namely has made the difference in the reaction to this mass shooting compared to shooting prior since last wednesday when the tragedy occurred taking the lives of seventeen people there has been a concerted campaign of these students giving media interviews scheduling protests both in florida and d.c. and now organizing a march for gun safety in d.c.
itself and planning to meet with the president in person tomorrow so all of these things coming together may be the thing that makes a difference in this debate from washington a hundred. you. all in on the developments a lawyer who allegedly worked with an advisor to president trump has pleaded guilty to lying to the f.b.i. this one is the latest target in the ongoing investigation by the f.b.i. into whether trump's presidential campaign colluded with the kremlin can really help it has the story. of the investigation into alleged russian interference in the twenty six thousand u.s. election by special counsel robert muller and whether there was collusion between donald trump's campaign and russia is being felt by more people on tuesday the u.s. justice department again made headlines and now saying the latest person to be criminally charged in the probe alex venders one lawyer is accused of lying to
f.b.i. agents about conversations between himself and a former trump advisor rick. gates made news last year when he was indicted along with president trump's former campaign chair paul matter ford for acting as a registered agent of the ukrainian government allegedly laundering millions of payments from ukraine and abating u.s. taxes both pled not guilty to the charges the latest indictment alleges venders was also work for the ukrainians and that he deleted and otherwise did not produce e-mail stopped by the special counsel's office at least one e-mail involved gates while he was working for the trump campaign according to the court documents these latest charges follow an indictment by the u.s. justice department against thirteen russian nationals accused of interfering and undermining the twenty six thousand election cording to the justice department
russian's organized rallies in support of trump and paid for ads online backing him there is no allegation in this indictment that any american was a knowing participant in this illegal activity trump has repeatedly denied the link between his campaign and russia but his frustration with the probe is increasingly evident over the weekend fired off more than a dozen tweets about miller's investigation blaming his political opponents and once again declaring his innocence but despite acknowledging russia did interfere in the twenty sixteen u.s. election more than a year later the troubled ministration has done little to prevent that meddling from happening again kimberly help al jazeera washington well now to zimbabwe where the opposition leader morgan tsvangirai has been buried in his hometown of the hara the sixty five year old founded the main opposition party the movement for democratic change now focus has turned to how to take the party forward and meet
deep divisions over leadership which has more from. morgan tsvangirai the man who was the face of the opposition is buried next to us first wife susan in bulgaria his rural home his family and friends say he was more than just an opposition leader he was a democrat who wanted a better zimbabwe where people can challenge leaders without fear of persecution i have. a moral. friend of mine. in this very near. record. was saying it i was the glue that held the movement for democratic change together not that burden falls on nelson chamisa the party's and acting president those who don't want him to lead are insisting on a special congress to elect
a uniter first things first you don't just wake up in an x. that worked at a congress that was huge and it's very clear that they're like the red cross is a way to follow. was people who are doing people of course just not as. big do you want to close out you will only what you want to do it is your leadership. jimmie's i was appointed leader by the party's national council there is speculation the m.d.c. tea party could split if some key officials decide to walk away some supporters are disappointed. biting and. disabled it could destroy military rights legacy and. the morgan tsvangirai foundation will be set up to try and preserve his legacy he live long enough to see double mugabe's downfall now it's up to the party to carry on where he left off. out there here are.
a group of young iraqis say they will not wait for the government to rebuild their country fight against i.c.l. and other groups has devastated the country's infrastructure billions of dollars in aid have been promised but volunteers at taking matters into their own hands as catch her diane reports. it will take years to undo the damage in mosul neighborhoods. volunteers like omar aren't wasting any time he drives to the iraqi cities narrow streets clearing out what's left of destroyed structures or drug market of hours of there's a lot of rubble you see large pieces all over the streets and alleys we're doing our best with what we have been doing this for about two weeks now the price of every truck averages about two dollars. it's part of a campaign called lifting the debris an initiative launched by local young woman tears who've lost hope the government's ability to rebuild the city rather be
a teacher would do that job well thought what's worst of all mechanics home is a constant reminder of the nearly four year fight with eisel she's surrounded by shadows of war airstrikes and loss we are already in the destroyed old area of mosul there are no services no electricity no water it's miserable the country needs money lots of it to rebuild its towns and cities. last week donors pledged thirty billion dollars in loans and investments the iraqi government says it needs more than eighty eight billion a lack of trust is a major concern last year the country ranked one hundred sixty six out of one hundred seventy six nations so were found to be corrupt you have high rates of oh well that those areas because they are neglected by the iraqi government by the local government because of their actions insult who she says accountability within the private sector could be part of the solution the activate the private sector
and how we can use the private sector to make confidences to make trust with the international community these young volunteers don't want to rely solely on the government's plans they say they want to start now and revitalize their city was another development that as volunteer painters were trying to show the civilized face of a model we drew monuments that were blown up by ice all to show that the negative effects of the war will eventually fade rebuilding could take decades now the process has a head start katia lopez so the young al-jazeera so there's more in everything we're covering right here including the latest on the situation in east and go to al-jazeera dot com. a quick look at the day's top story want to syria's last rebel held areas eastern ghouta has been under heavy bombardment by government and russian forces at least
two hundred fifty people have been killed in the last forty eight hours the area on the outskirts of damascus has been besieged since two thousand and thirteen around four hundred thousand civilians living there meanwhile turkey's president says his soldiers are forced fighters loyal to the syrian government to leave the kurdish controlled area of a frame turkey's military is said to have fired on the fighters as they try to enter the on clive's or type i do on his vow to capture the area within days in our other headlines palestinian leader mahmoud abbas has called for a new international peace summit between israel and palestine in the next few months. powers at the u.n. security council to back the process. lisa lampe people close over. time we called for the convening of an international peace conference by mid twentieth team based on international law and the relevant un resolutions with broad international participation and including the two concerned parties and any settlement for most must be the suspicion of settlement activities in the territory
occupied since one thousand sixty seven including east jerusalem and suspension of the decision regarding jerusalem as well as holding the transfer of the us embassy to jerusalem well the stories we're following katherine chad have signed an agreement to restore diplomatic ties chad ordered the closure of counties embassy last august after the gulf diplomatic crisis erupted when saudi arabia bahrain the u.a.e. and egypt cut all ties with doha accusing it of supporting terrorism. u.s. president donald trump has signed a memorandum that he says will ban stocks modification which turns legal weapons into machine guns the announcement comes after seventeen school students and staff were killed in a florida shooting last week. and zimbabwe's opposition leader morgan tsvangirai has been buried in his hometown of ohara politicians from the ruling zanu p.f. party attended the service alongside thousands of opposition supporters sixty five year old chang died from cancer last week you're up to date with all of our top
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