UAE Concerned over Eastern Ghouta Violence, Calls for 'Immediate Truce'

  • UAE Concerned over Eastern Ghouta Violence, Calls for 'Immediate Truce'

UAE Concerned over Eastern Ghouta Violence, Calls for 'Immediate Truce'

The UN Security Council was expected to vote yesterday on a resolution, called for by Sweden and Kuwait, ordering a 30-day ceasefire throughout Syria to enable delivery of humanitarian aid and evacuation of the critically sick and wounded.

The daily barrage of attacks by the Assad-led government forces backed by Russian air strikes has bombed at least seven hospitals since Monday, reports said.The relentless bombing that wrought havoc seemed to be targeting mostly hospitals in Ghouta. At least 310 people have been killed in the district since Sunday night and more than 1,550 injured, the United Kingdom -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

Syrian army helicopters dropped fliers over Ghouta districts that included instructions for civilians wanting to leave the enclave safely, according to a media unit run by Hezbollah.

Now, Syrian regime forces are accelerating their offensive against the suburb, one of the last rebel-controlled areas in the country.

"Based on our intelligence methods, it shows Russian aircraft participating in the bombardment of civilians in Ghouta, in the campaign that started four days ago", he said on Wednesday.

Mr. Guterres expressed support for a Swedish and Kuwaiti push for the 15-member council to demand a 30-day ceasefire in Syria.

"These are the worst days of our lives in Ghouta", Eastern Ghouta hospital director and pediatrician Amani Ballour said.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Wednesday said Turkey condemned the attacks and "urged the Syrian regime to immediately put an end" to them. Assad and Lavrentiev discussed coordination between Damascus and Moscow in fighting insurgent groups in Syria.

On Thursday, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia said Russia would not support a UN Security Council proposal calling for a one-month humanitarian cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta unless some changes were made.

U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert in a press briefing said more than 400 civilians have been "horrifically killed" by the Syrian regime in support of Russian Federation and Iran.

"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.