January 29, 2018 / 1:30 PM / 2 months ago

Russian military calls for direct talks in Syria's eastern Ghouta: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s military called on Damascus to hold direct talks with Syrian opposition groups in the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta so the sick could be evacuated, RIA news said on Monday, citing Russia’s defense ministry.

A man breathes through an oxygen mask at a medical center in Douma, Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

International concern has been rising over the fate of 400,000 people living in besieged, rebel-held eastern Ghouta as acute food and medicine shortages have contributed to what the United Nations has called the worst malnutrition of the war.

Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Vladimir Soldatkin

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