Saturday, 21 July, 2018

United Nations repeats call for Syria cease-fire

Civil defence worker carries a team member affected by chemical gas at the field hospital Civil defence worker carries a team member affected by chemical gas at the field hospital Credit Getty
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 11:30

Russia's Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Washington was flouting a United Nations resolution on Syria by failing to stop rebels it controlled from launching daily attacks on the Syrian army in eastern Ghouta and shelling Damascus.

"Regime forces control more than 50 percent of Ghouta", said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring organisation.

Meanwhile, U.N. Security Council President Karel van Oosterom on Wednesday called for a cease-fire so that humanitarian workers can deliver food and medical aid.

The U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Syria appealed to the government on Thursday to commit to a ceasefire in eastern Ghouta to let in an aid convoy containing emergency medical supplies that were stripped from a delivery on Monday, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The largest rebel group in Eastern Ghouta is Jaysh al Islam with an estimated 15,000 members, is considered as a terrorist group by the Syrian Government.

"So far, we see minimal signs only from the Syrian authorities to implement the resolution and we are very, very disappointed about that", Skoog told reporters ahead of the meeting.

The Security Council special session was called by France and the United Kingdom in an effort to persuade Syria and Russian Federation to comply with the resolution.

The U.N. human rights chief has denounced as "frankly ridiculous" claims by Syria's government that it's doing all it can to protect civilians as its forces lead "indiscriminate, brutal attacks" in eastern Ghouta.

Many civilians have been killed in Damascus due to shelling by the rebels from Eastern Ghouta. It later said a general was among those killed, and Russian media identified him as Maj.

A spokesman for Arab militias within the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said Tuesday that as many as 1,700 fighters would be redeployed.

US officials have warned that Turkey's offensive could undermine the fight against the IS.