The rebels had fortified positions to confront the attacking forces once again, he said.
It went on to claim that Russian Federation, together with Syria, impedes the United Nations humanitarian assistance reaching eastern Ghouta, demanding they "allow unfettered delivery of humanitarian aid" to stranded civilians.
Eastern Ghouta, where about 400,000 people live, has been the subject of daily bombardment by the government forces. "There are about three and a bit kilometres (to go) and they will cut (eastern Ghouta) in two", the commander told Reuters.
Rebel factions said they launched a counteroffensive Sunday, sending fighters behind government lines in a series of attacks. Only one small truckload of 7,200 people has been in the enclave since the beginning of the year in mid-February.
A number of residents living under the assault described damp, mostly unhygienic conditions in basements and tunnels where dozens or sometimes even hundreds in a single shelter spend hours and often days on end, in constant fear that the blasts outside could crush their refuge.
State media earlier said the military advanced on several fronts, taking control of villages and farms in the besieged area just to the east of the capital, Damascus.
Last Saturday, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria without delay.
The UN said it had received approval to deliver assistance for 70,000 people in need in Douma, adding that assurances were made that the remaining supplies for all approved people in need will be delivered on March 8. "Our teams on the ground are ready to do all that is needed to make this happen", stated al-Za'tari, according to the statement.
"The convoy to east Ghouta is not able to proceed today", the official said, adding that the United Nations and its humanitarian partners "remain on standby to deliver desperately needed assistance as soon as conditions allow".
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Trump, Australia's Turnbull seek common ground on trade, China
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The UN's regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Mr Panos Moumtzis, sounded the alarm on Sunday over the increase in violence.
"Instead of a much-needed reprieve, we continue to see more fighting, more death, and more disturbing reports of hunger and hospitals being bombed", he said. "This collective punishment of civilians is simply unacceptable", Moumtzis said in a statement.
But on Saturday, it said that 18 civilians, including three children, had been killed in regime bombardment of the region.
Encircled by regime-controlled territory and unable or unwilling to flee, Eastern Ghouta's 400,000 residents have suffered one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war.
What is happening in Eastern Ghouta?
Assad dismissed Western statements about the humanitarian situation in eastern Ghouta as "a ridiculous lie".
Observers fear the area could face a similar fate to eastern Aleppo, which was all but destroyed in a government offensive in December 2016.
Macron was set to speak by telephone Sunday with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, another key supporter of the Syrian regime.
While the White House accused the Syrian government of a "continued use of chemical weapons", the Syrian and Russian militaries have repeatedly warned that the militants of Jabhat Al-Nusra, Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham are plotting provocations using toxic agents so the West could pin the blame on the Syrian government.
Eden Hazard has six goals in his last six Premier League appearances. "I think he had a very positive game for us". Asked for his thoughts on their impending meeting, Mourinho said: "I don't want to speak about it".
Before the launch, Haasan is scheduled to address public meetings at Manamadurai, Paramakudi and Ramanathapuram. He also met people from the fishermen community. "Guide us to serve you", he said at the party launch.
Although that president was born on February 22 and after his death on that day, it became a motive of national observance. Jefferson, a Virginian, was the third US president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
In other words, she kept her dignity, which is no small accomplishment in this White House. "I'd kill to have her as my client". She was never a political operative and never seemed entirely at ease shifting from the private sector to the White House.
On the same day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the USA announcement as "a great day for the people of Israel". Trump also noted that other presidents during their election campaigns promised to make the move but always broke that promise.
In 1968, West Germany and Italy tied after four runs, but Italy won gold thanks to a tiebreaker with the fastest single run. Earlier, traditional speedskating power Norway was back on the top step of the podium at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The royal family are paying for the wedding , including the church service, music, flowers and reception . The 2,640 who are asked in will see the bride, groom and their guests arrive and depart from the ceremony.
Four of the women , all of whom were dressed in black, were accompanied by young children in the courtroom, he said. Iraq in December declared victory over the IS, which had seized control of almost a third of the country in 2014.
Rafael Benitez bemoaned a lack of composure after Newcastle blew a two-goal lead and let two points slip at Bournemouth . Former Bournemouth midfielder Matt Ritchie is set to face his former club, as is Christian Atsu.
US crude inventories have fallen more than 100 million barrels in 12 months to their lowest in three years. Oil prices were pressured lower along with the equity market in the morning session on Friday after U.S.
He said: 'Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under the White House framework for such a deal, family based visas would be pared down to just spouses and minor children.
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Character actor David Ogden Steirs has died
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JC Penney (JCP) Issues FY19 Earnings Guidance
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Proposal to change Chinese president's term limits
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Syria air strikes 'kill 500' in a week
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron wrote to Putin to ask him to back the cease-fire. After delaying the vote twice on Friday, the Security Council scheduled a vote for Saturday at noon.
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