Syrian government forces shell rebel-held Eastern Ghouta despite Russian ceasefire plan

Since the U.N. demanded a ceasefire, at least 67 civilians have been killed.

The Douma attack left four people injured.

No civilians were killed during the ceasefire period, the monitoring group said, but at least eight civilians, including a child and a White Helmet rescue volunteer, were killed in airstrikes and shelling before and after the designated ceasefire period.

“Shelling is hitting Harasta, Douma, Arbin, Kafr Batna, Beit Sawa, and a White Helmet volunteer was killed in Utaya,” Siraj Mahmoud, spokesman for the White Helmets in Eastern Ghouta, said.

An estimated 400,000 people are trapped in Eastern Ghouta with little access to food, water, fuel, electricity and health care. The district has been besieged by the Syrian government since 2013.

Since the Syrian government and its allies launched a fierce offensive on Eastern Ghouta Feb. 18, at least 601 civilians, including 147 children, have been killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The latest escalation of violence there is one of the deadliest of the seven-year Syrian war.

Russia Monday said it would establish a truce lasting for five hours a day, starting Tuesday.