Russian Federation urges handover of eastern Ghouta in Syria

08 March, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
  • Trump and May blame Russia, Syria for E Ghouta suffering

It includes 5,500 food and flour bags enough for 27,500 people, in addition to wheat flour, medical and surgical items.

In February, the United Nations children's agency released a statement in line with the violence escalation in Syria, to object to the suffering of the children in Syria's Eastern Ghouta.

"The suffering, it's tremendous", he said, in an interview that will air on Wednesday morning.

"Mothers were telling me that their children did not see the daylight for 15 days".

Aksoy said the camps would host a total of 170,000 people.

A United Nations convoy delivered food and medicine to the town of Douma on Monday, but aid agencies say Syrian authorities blocked numerous health supplies, including trauma and surgical kits as well as insulin.

To make matters worse, some of the trucks turned back without ever unloading their supplies.

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The delivery of humanitarian aid and medicine to civilians was under threat of disruption due to the two-hour delay which was caused by prolonged talks between jihadists and convoy members.

More than a week ago, the U.N. Security Council called for a 30-day cease-fire across Syria. In eastern Ghouta, relentless airstrikes and shelling continue.

While the region is technically covered by a 2017 de-escalation deal, the government says it is targeting al-Qaeda-linked factions in the area not covered by the agreement. "Not next month. Stop the attacks on children, schools and hospitals in Syria", the UNICEF posted on its official twitter account.

The relentless attacks prompted France and Britain to request an emergency meeting of the top United Nations body, expected to gather on Wednesday, to discuss the ceasefire's failure to take hold.

"We have received instructions from the army command to lift the siege off our people in eastern Ghouta", the colonel said in a broadcast near the town of Mesraba.

In that case however, they stopped short of evoking war crimes. Raids on Tuesday reportedly killed 24 people. Meanwhile, it has turned out that the areas where the resolution remains largely neglected and people are not getting much needed humanitarian aid are those controlled by the US.

Early Wednesday, sources showed heavy bombing by government-backed aircraft and artillery in a town in Eastern Ghouta. Photo courtesy of Ghouta Media Center. However, the operation is cut short as air strikes batter the enclave, killing at least 86 civilians.

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It was the eighth allegation of chlorine gas use reported by the Syrian American Medical Society this year.

France says the U.N. Security Council will meet Wednesday to discuss the failure to implement its February 24 resolution demanding a cease-fire "without delay" in Syria. The Syrian government, through the SANA state news agency, denied using chemical weapons.

Russia's Defense Ministry said it was extending an offer to allow armed rebels to leave eastern Ghouta with their families and weapons.

Earlier on Wednesday, Reuters News Agency reported that a military spokesperson for an unnamed rebel group said that they will not accept a negotiation brought forward by Russian Federation. If accepted, the offer would mean the fall of the last rebel-held area near Damascus. Russian airstrikes are hitting Eastern Ghouta.

"Alwan, who is based in Istanbul, also told Reuters there had been no contact with Russian Federation about the [safe passage] proposal".

Pro-government forces appeared to be approaching the central towns of Misraba and Mudayrah from the east, potentially splitting the enclave in two.

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