Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Bombs fall on Syria as United Nations weighs ceasefire

A man walks next to destroyed buildings after an alleged barrel bomb attack in Douma Syria A man walks next to destroyed buildings after an alleged barrel bomb attack in Douma Syria
Shannon Reynolds | 23 February, 2018, 22:52

The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, on Friday called for an immediate ceasefire and aid deliveries in the rebel-held Syrian enclave after more than 400 civilians were killed there.

"Since the beginning of the conflict, tens of thousands of people have died in Eastern Ghouta alone, and that is enough, these people must not die", Çavuşoğlu said.

All eyes were on Russian Federation and whether President Bashar al-Assad's veto-wielding ally would support the Security Council's draft ceasefire resolution.

"The killing of women and children. this is a typical method of the regime", Çavuşoğlu said, as he called for a cease-fire.

Ignoring worldwide calls to stop the bloodshed, the regime again bombed the besieged region on Friday, killing at least nine people, the Observatory said.

According to the top Russian diplomat, the Security Council is now trying to pass a resolution declaring an immediate ceasefire for 30 days.

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Olog Skoog, the Swedish ambassador, said that in seven years of war in the Middle Eastern country, the situation in eastern Ghouta had "never been worse", with a witness in the town of Douma describing the latest airstrikes and artillery fire on Friday morning as "the most intense so far". Another resident, in the town of Hamouriyeh, said the assault had continued "like the other days".

The bombing of eastern Ghouta since late on February 18 has been among the fiercest of the war, now entering its eighth year.

The Syrian diplomat noted that terrorist groups situated in the Eastern Ghouta and designated as terrorist organizations by the UN Security Council have been targeting Damascus with hundreds of rockets and mortar shells on a daily basis, killing and injuring dozens of civilians. The emergency service, which operates in rebel territory, says it has pulled hundreds of people from under the rubble in recent days.

Smoke and dust are seen following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 21, 2018.

The army was pounding militant targets in response, it said.

The letter, sent while the French president and the German chancellor were at an European Union summit in Brussels, asked Russian Federation to support the draft resolution calling for a 30-day truce, mainly to allow aid to reach besieged eastern Ghouta and allow evacuations. The resolution does not cover the groups Islamic State, al Qaeda and the Nusra Front, which Moscow and Damascus say they have targeted in eastern Ghouta.

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