Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region

Fresh bombardment hit the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Friday, AFP correspondents reported, the fifth straight day of a bombing campaign that has killed more than 240 civilians.

Syrian warplanes and artillery have battered the enclave’s towns since Monday, trapping thousands of families in makeshift bomb shelters and overwhelming rescue workers.

World powers failed to back an appeal by U.N. officials for a monthlong cease-fire to allow for desperately needed aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

Eastern Ghouta is home to an estimated 400,000 people who have lived under a crippling government siege since 2013.

More than 4,000 families live in basements and bunkers for fear of airstrikes.

Relief organizations on Friday warned that the intensity of the airstrikes was hampering lifesaving aid operations. (AFP)

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<p>Members of Syrian civil defence forces evacuate a victim of an air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus on Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Members of Syrian civil defence forces evacuate a victim of an air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus on Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Syrians youth runs following an air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018.<br> (Photo: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrians youth runs following an air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018.
(Photo: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Smoke plumes rise following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Jisreen in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, Syria on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Smoke plumes rise following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Jisreen in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, Syria on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Syrian man reacts following an air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018.<br> (Photo: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian man reacts following an air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018.
(Photo: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images)

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Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

<p>An injured Syrian is helped out of the rubble following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

An injured Syrian is helped out of the rubble following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Syrian baby waits to receive treatment in a makeshift clinic following air strikes in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018.<br> (Photo: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian baby waits to receive treatment in a makeshift clinic following air strikes in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018.
(Photo: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Syrian children covered in dust walk out of a shop following reported Syrian air force strikes in the rebel-held town of Saqba, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Syrian children covered in dust walk out of a shop following reported Syrian air force strikes in the rebel-held town of Saqba, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital following reported Syrian air force strikes in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital following reported Syrian air force strikes in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Syrian civil defence volunteers carry away an injured man after reported regime air strikes in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Syrian civil defence volunteers carry away an injured man after reported regime air strikes in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Relative of a Syrian child, who lost his life after Assad Regime carried out airstrikes over Arbin town of the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus which is a de-escalation zone in Syria on Feb. 08, 2018. (Photo: Dia Al-Din/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Relative of a Syrian child, who lost his life after Assad Regime carried out airstrikes over Arbin town of the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus which is a de-escalation zone in Syria on Feb. 08, 2018. (Photo: Dia Al-Din/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Syrian civilians flee from reported regime air strikes in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Syrian civilians flee from reported regime air strikes in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A wounded Syrian man receives medical treatment at a hospital after Assad Regime carried out airstrikes over Arbin town of the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus which is a de-escalation zone in Syria on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Dia Al-Din/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A wounded Syrian man receives medical treatment at a hospital after Assad Regime carried out airstrikes over Arbin town of the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus which is a de-escalation zone in Syria on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Dia Al-Din/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Syrian civlians flee from reported regime air strikes in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonan Eassa/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Syrian civlians flee from reported regime air strikes in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: Abdulmonan Eassa/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Syrian wounded man waits to receive medical treatment at a hospital after war planes belonging to Assad regime carried out airstrikes over Kfar Batna suburb of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Khaled Akasha/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian wounded man waits to receive medical treatment at a hospital after war planes belonging to Assad regime carried out airstrikes over Kfar Batna suburb of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Khaled Akasha/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A man holds a child after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A man holds a child after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>A Syrian air force MiG-23 jet drops a payload during a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Amer AlMohibany/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian air force MiG-23 jet drops a payload during a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Amer AlMohibany/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Smoke plumes rise following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, Syria on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Amer AlmohibanyAFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Smoke plumes rise following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, Syria on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Amer AlmohibanyAFP/Getty Images)

<p>A member of the Syrian Civil Defence carries an injured child following regime air strikes on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A member of the Syrian Civil Defence carries an injured child following regime air strikes on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Syrian man searches for people in a fire following regime air strikes on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian man searches for people in a fire following regime air strikes on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>An injured woman is carried on a stretcher after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

An injured woman is carried on a stretcher after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>A boy injured in the Feb. 6 bombings receives treatment at a hospital in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A boy injured in the Feb. 6 bombings receives treatment at a hospital in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>A woman gestures as she walks on rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A woman gestures as she walks on rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>A man holds a child after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A man holds a child after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>A general view of damaged houses after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A general view of damaged houses after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>A man reacts after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A man reacts after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>Civilians and civil defense volunteers look for the remains of missing people stuck under the rubble for more than five hours, after a bombing by forces loyal to Syrian goverment, in Douma, eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Civilians and civil defense volunteers look for the remains of missing people stuck under the rubble for more than five hours, after a bombing by forces loyal to Syrian goverment, in Douma, eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>A wounded Syrian girl is being taken to a hospital after Assad Regime carried out airstrikes to Zemalka town of besieged Eastern Ghouta, which is a de-escalation zone in Damascus, Syria on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Khaled Akasha/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A wounded Syrian girl is being taken to a hospital after Assad Regime carried out airstrikes to Zemalka town of besieged Eastern Ghouta, which is a de-escalation zone in Damascus, Syria on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Khaled Akasha/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A Syrian Civil Defense group, known as the White Helmets, paramedic carries his wounded son fleeing from the scene of an attack after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian Civil Defense group, known as the White Helmets, paramedic carries his wounded son fleeing from the scene of an attack after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

<p>Men are seen passing by a burning building in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Men are seen passing by a burning building in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>A man reacts as he is carried on a stretcher after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A man reacts as he is carried on a stretcher after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>Civilians walk among rubble of a collapsed building after bombing in Douma, eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Civilians walk among rubble of a collapsed building after bombing in Douma, eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>An artifical leg lies along with the bodies of people killed after a bombing in a morgue in Douma, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

An artifical leg lies along with the bodies of people killed after a bombing in a morgue in Douma, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Civil defence members and civilians are seen running after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Civil defence members and civilians are seen running after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>Men pull a survivor from the rubble after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Men pull a survivor from the rubble after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

<p>A boy is seen taking pictures after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A boy is seen taking pictures after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>Children are seen near rubble after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Children are seen near rubble after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

<p>A child is partly buried in rubble after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

A child is partly buried in rubble after airstrikes hit a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, Syria, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

<p>Items belongingto an injured man at a hospital after bombing in Douma, eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Syrian government airstrikes kill dozens in Eastern Ghouta

Items belongingto an injured man at a hospital after bombing in Douma, eastern Ghouta, Syria, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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