Syria's Ghouta residents living in fear under 'monstrous campaign of annihilation'

Pauline Gross
February 24, 2018

"It is hard to oppose a call to a ceasefire with the goal for civilians to take a breather, to supply humanitarian aid and medication and to offer assistance to people in a difficult situation", Lavrov said.

Over 300 have died in the district since Sunday night and more than 1,550 have been injured, the United Kingdom based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

This comes as Russian Federation has called for a UN Security Council meeting to be held Thursday on the violence engulfing the Syrian rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said.

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

But Shah declined to say whether the new round of bombing constituted war crime by Assad.

Ravina Shamdasani: "The high commissioner for human rights is talking about this being a monstrous campaign of annihilation of Eastern Ghouta, with no regard for civilian lives".

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The United States has accused Russian Federation of blocking efforts to halt bloodshed in Eastern Ghouta as the Syrian regime continues to pound the rebel-held enclave outside Damascus.

But Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's veto-wielding ally Russian Federation has called the proposal "not realistic".

The surge in violence comes as Syrian forces work to retake control from opposition fighters after laying siege to eastern Ghouta for more than four years. "United Nations convoys and evacuation teams are ready to go", Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog said, adding that he hoped the council could vote on the resolution on Friday.

Recent violence in the besieged suburb is part of a wider surge in fighting on several fronts as President Bashar al-Assad's military pushes to end the seven-year rebellion against him.

Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières says 13 hospitals have been hit and damaged or destroyed in the past three days. He added he was "leaning towards a vote" on Friday after the Council had examined Russia's proposed amendments.

The conflict in Syria has seen more than 300,000 people killed and millions more displaced since it began in early 2011.

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