Syria pro-government forces launch new deadly airstrikes against civilians 

15:52 • 26.02.18



Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces launched new air strikes shaking Syria's rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 527, including 129 children - despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of the country's civil war, the Daily Mail reports.

After days of diplomatic wrangling, the Security Council on Saturday adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria 'without delay', to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations.


Assad's forces launched a major bombing campaign against the enclave on the edge of Damascus a week ago, with more than 500 people killed since.


The UN resolution has raised hopes of stemming the bloodshed but it remains unclear when or how broadly the ceasefire could be implemented.

Russia is a key ally of Assad's regime and in a phone call on Sunday German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron urged President Vladimir Putin to use his influence.


They called on Russia 'to exercise maximum pressure on the Syrian regime to achieve an immediate suspension of air raids and fighting', Merkel's office said in a statement.

Pope Francis also joined international calls for a ceasefire, saying in his Sunday Angelus prayers: 'All this is inhuman. One cannot fight evil with another evil.'


In Douma, the main town in Eastern Ghouta, fresh air raids and artillery strikes could be heard on Sunday, an AFP correspondent in the town said.

At least seven civilians were killed in strikes on Sunday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, bringing the total number of dead in the week to 527, including 129 children. 

 

 Ten-year-old Omar, who was injured in an air strike that killed several members of his family at their home in Otaybah, in Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, receives treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna on Sunday

Doctors attend to ten-year-old Omar who was injured in an air strike that killed several members of his family on their home in Otaybah, in Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, as his father and seven-year-old sister, Manar, look on

A Syrian man walks next to damaged buildings following regime air strikes in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus

New regime air strikes and heavy clashes shook Syria's rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Sunday despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war

Assad's forces launched a major bombing campaign against the enclave on the edge of Damascus a week ago, with more than 500 people killed since 

Eastern Ghouta, home to some 400,000 people, is surrounded by government-controlled territory and its residents are unwilling or unable to flee

UN diplomats say Saturday's Security Council resolution was watered down to ensure it was not vetoed by Russia, which has provided diplomatic and military support to Assad's regime

UN diplomats say Saturday's Security Council resolution was watered down to ensure it was not vetoed by Russia, which has provided diplomatic and military support to Assad's regime

In Douma (pictured), the main town in Eastern Ghouta, fresh air raids and artillery strikes could be heard on Sunday

 





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