Regime strikes in Syria enclave despite UN ceasefire call: Monitor

Regime strikes in Syria enclave despite UN ceasefire call: Monitor
Regime strikes in Syria enclave despite UN ceasefire call: Monitor

01 March, 2018

A lightly wounded Syrian girl is carried by a man at a makeshift clinic following Syrian government bombardments in Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Thursday.

It said the bombing was less intense than attacks over the past week.

The leaders held talks after the UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously demanded a 30-day truce in Syria.

Eastern Ghouta is a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, where the government of President Bashar al-Assad resides.

"As they dragged out the negotiation, the bombs from Assad's fighter jets continued to fall".

On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Syria with his French and German counterparts. Human rights groups said it was vital sustain the pressure. "With a joint effort by Syrians and the friends of Syria along with the opponents of terrorists, including Iran and Russian Federation, this resolution has been slightly moderated, and the fight against the notorious terrorists, such as al-Nusra Front will continue", he underscored. "This means articulating clear, meaningful consequences for any party that violates the 30-day truce, and introducing a credible timetable to turn the temporary truce into long-term de-escalation". "Attacks must stop.". The vote was postponed for several days of lengthy and intense negotiations to try to get support from Russian Federation, a key Syrian ally that said repeatedly an immediate ceasefire was unrealistic.

The resolution affirmed that the cessation of hostilities will not apply to military operations against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIL/Da'esh), Al Qaeda and Al Nusra Front.

The UN special envoy for Syria, Steffan de Mistura, had stressed the urgent need for a ceasefire to stop the "horrific heavy bombardment of Eastern Ghouta and the indiscriminate mortar shelling on Damascus".

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Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri, whose government backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said Tehran and Damascus would respect the United Nations resolution.

"Jaish al-Islam is committed to protecting humanitarian convoys that will enter Ghouta", the group said in a statement. But they also vowed to respond if attacked. "They tried to storm the eastern frontlines".

Iran, whose Revolutionary Guards and militiamen are fighting alongside Mr Assad's forces, said it and Syria would respect the United Nations resolution.

"We respect this resolution which is an global decision. and the Syrian government respects it as well", said Mohammad Bagheri, according to the official IRNA news agency.

In Douma, the main town in Eastern Ghouta, residents woke to the sounds of fresh air raids and artillery strikes on Sunday morning, an Agence France-Presse correspondent in the town said. However, rebel groups in eastern Ghouta have so far refused. The dead included more than 120 children.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military. "Israeli forces in Syria, especially the occupied Syrian Golan". Turkey denied on Sunday that it was bound to observe the ceasefire.

In order to understand these events, he said, "it's necessary to know in advance that he who suffers and who is glorified is not only a man, but the Son of God, who with his love faithful to death has saved us".

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