Beirut, Feb 28 (AP) The Russia-ordered brief humanitarian pause has taken effect for the second day in the rebel-held region near the Syrian capital. Still, no civilians have used the exit corridor manned by Syrian and Russian forces to leave while ground battles were reported. Also Read - Instagram Influencer Poses Naked on An Endangered Sumatran Elephant in Bali, Triggers Outrage | Watch

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the pause in eastern Ghouta today was preceded by a barrage of airstrikes in the towns of Harasta and Douma, where Syrian troops are also trying to push ahead with a ground offensive. Also Read - Take Covid-19 Vaccine & Get Free Ice Cream! Russia Lures People To Get Inoculated With This Sweet Deal

The Observatory says government shelling and limited clashes were reported on three fronts since the pause began. Also Read - Navalny Case A 'Low Point' in Ties With Russia: European Union Diplomat

Russia ordered a five-hour daily humanitarian pause to allow civilians to exit the region. No humanitarian aid went in and no civilians left.

State TV broadcast from the deserted corridor. (AP) SMJ SMJ

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.