A field correspondent for the press office of the Syrian army has lost his life while covering territorial gains being made by government forces and allied fighters from popular defense groups in battles against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists in the militant-held Eastern Ghouta enclave.
Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that Hasan Ali Badran died on Thursday as Syrian troopers and their allies were engaged in fierce clashes against members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the besieged area.
The development came a day after a cameraman for Iran’s Arabic-language al-Alam television news network was martyred when covering latest developments in the southern part of Syria’s embattled Northwestern Province of Idlib.
Yazan Kahil was filming the advances of pro-government Syrian forces while he stepped on an improvised explosive device left behind by Takfiri terrorists, and lost his life.
UN: Fighting in Eastern Ghouta drives out 50,000 civilians
Meanwhile, the spokeswoman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Syria says a combined population of 50,000 people has been displaced in the wake of the recent wave of deadly violence in Eastern Ghouta.
Linda Tom noted that the displaced civilians come from the towns of Mesraba, Hammouriyeh and Mudeira.
Syria’s Ghouta ‘hell on earth’ for children: UNICEF chief
Additionally, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has described the terrorist-held Eastern Ghouta enclave as a “hell on earth” for children, stressing that aid is urgently needed for the people trapped there.
“We need in the humanitarian community a chance to deliver assistance. Convoys need to come in with food and supplies, and the last convoy was only half unloaded,” Henrietta Fore told Reuters in an interview.
A UN aid convoy was allowed into Eastern Ghouta on Monday, but it had to depart before being completely offloaded because of the fighting.
Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area on the outskirts of Damascus with a population of some 400,000 people, has witnessed deadly violence over the past few weeks, with Takfiri terrorists launching mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent humiliating defeat.